In an effort to get out and meet some new folks and make new friends, I attended the monthly meeting of the oldest active Rod & Gun Club in California: the El Dorado Rod & Gun Club – and I wore my California Rifle & Pistol Association hat. I’m a Life member of CRPA and now also a EDR&GC club-member – the New Guy. I have tickets to the annual Banquet-fundraiser and raffle for an AR and a Baretta Storm. I met a bunch of people and I think we’re gonna get along just fine.
Meanwhile from Guns.com and the CRPA Newswire: 26 states line up in opposition to San Francisco’s dangerous and prohibitive gunlock law. Recently, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel became the latest to file a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Supreme Court to throw out San Francisco’s law requiring guns to be locked up even at home.
The brief filed by Schmiel joins 25 other states, lead by Nebraska, who are seeking the intervention of the nation’s highest court to help overturn the California ordinance. This comes in the latest installment of the saga over Jackson v. City of San Francisco, which was unanimously rejected by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last March who upheld a district court’s ruling that the city’s gun lock law was valid.
“We must act, because if the decision by the federal Court of Appeals is not reversed, the precedent it sets could influence policy decisions and court holdings affecting the Constitutional rights of citizens within their homes, not just in the City of San Francisco, buy anywhere in America, including Wisconsin,” explained Schimel of his reasoning for joining Nebraska’s amicus curiae brief.
“We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will clarify that it meant what it said in its decisions from 2008 and 2010 — that the Second Amendment is not a second class constitutional right,” Chuck Michel, the West Coast counsel for the National Rifle Association and spearhead of the Jackson legal effort, told Guns.com.
The case has been winding its way through federal courts since 2009. It challenged the city and county of San Francisco over local laws implemented in 2007 that compelled gun owners to secure guns either locked inside a container or disabled with a trigger lock. Further, it took exception with the blanket ban on selling ammunition with “no sporting purpose,” which in effect took self defense-based rounds off the local shelves. Plaintiffs in the case included Espanola Jackson, the National Rifle Association and the San Francisco Veteran Police Officer’s Association.