The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a case involving a county ordinance in California that effectively bans new gun stores.
The lawsuit challenges an Alameda County rule that blocks gun stores from being located within 500 feet of a residential zone. Which basically means everywhere.
Back in 2016, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the plaintiffs, upholding that one’s 2A rights includes the right to acquire firearms. But that decision was later overturned in an en banc review before the entire appeals court (see video below).
SAF, along with its partners, Calguns Foundation and the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, now wants SCOTUS to take up the case.
“You simply cannot allow local governments to ignore the Second Amendment because they don’t like how the Supreme Court has ruled on the amendment twice in the past ten years,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb in a press release. “You shouldn’t be able to zone the Second Amendment out of the Bill of Rights.”
“Local neighbors who live eight lanes across an interstate and the anti-rights politicians that cater to them can’t redline gun stores and the right to buy arms out of existence,” noted Gene Hoffman, chairman of the Calguns Foundation.
“Since this case was filed multiple local city and county governments have used unconstitutional zoning laws to stop new gun stores from opening and close down existing gun stores,” continued Hoffman. “If this was a book store or an abortion clinic, the Ninth Circuit would not have hesitated in striking this zoning regulation unanimously.”
We’ll have to wait and see if SCOTUS opts to review the case.