Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas had stern words for his colleagues when the court declined to hear a case challenging California’s handgun laws, saying that the jurists do not understand the importance of self-defense.
The case, supported by the National Rifle Association, involves San Diego resident Edward Peruta, who challenged his county’s refusal to grant him permission to carry a concealed firearm outside of his home.
“For those of us who work in marbled halls, guarded constantly by a vigilant and dedicated police force, the guarantees of the Second Amendment might seem antiquated and superfluous,” Thomas wrote after most members of the court declined to hear the California case.
“But the Framers made a clear choice: They reserved to all Americans the right to bear arms for self-defense. I do not think we should stand by idly while a State denies its citizens that right, particularly when their very lives may depend on it,” Thomas said.
Justice Neil Gorsuch, the court’s newest member, joined Thomas’ statement on the court’s refusal to hear the case, calling the decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Peruta v. San Diego “indefensible.”
A case needs to be approved by at least four justices in order to get on the Supreme Court’s docket.
“The Second Amendment’s core purpose further supports the conclusion that the right to bear arms extends to public carry,” Thomas wrote. “Even if other Members of the Court do not agree that the Second Amendment likely protects a right to public carry, the time has come for the Court to answer this important question definitively.”
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has very narrow restrictions for concealed carry permits. Only those who can prove they have a regular need for self-defense against a specific threat are granted concealed permits.
“The whole point of the Sheriff’s policy is to confine concealed-carry licenses to a very narrow subset of law-abiding residents,” Peruta’s attorneys wrote. “And because California law prohibits openly carrying a handgun outside the home, the result is that the typical law-abiding resident cannot bear a handgun for self-defense outside the home at all.”
From - The Daily Signal - by Thomas Phippen
saying that the jurists do not understand the importance of self-defense – OH!! but they do – protection for them on your dime and none for you
Of course it is in the Peoples Ecologically Liberated House of Ill Repute and Storm Door Factory, the state Formerly known as California, where the only way to get any kind of police protection is to be an illegal alien in one of their sanctuary cities. Carrying a weapon to defend against the criminal aliens is of course blatantly against all that the weak minded fools of the California Legislature and Governor Moonbeam can think of between hits of weed and wine.
If I was in San Diego I would carry. If i was caught carrying a gun. They could take my gun from my dead hands. And you can have all my bullets….., One at a time. I will NEVER surrender my gun rights.