The Second Amendment scored a major victory today when the United States Senate, By a vote of 54 – 45, approved Neil Gorsuch as the newest Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. After Gorsuch is sworn in on Monday, the Supreme Court will return to its full number of nine justices, with a slim majority of five justices being generally pro-Second Amendment.
This means that the CRPA and NRA legal challenges that are currently underway can finally be heard by a more favorably comprised Supreme Court that understands the limitations that the Second Amendment puts on government infringement of the right to keep and bear arms, and that appreciates what the ruling in the 2008 Heller case really meant. CRPA and NRA’s current legal challenges include: California’s “assault weapon” ban, the ban on the possession of magazines that hold over 10 rounds, the upcoming severe restrictions on ammunition purchases, and the challenge to California’s corrupt system for not issuing licenses to carry a firearm in public absent the showing of a special need beyond self-defense as seen in the Peruta case and others.
In fact, the CRPA/NRA Peruta case is now awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court on whether the Court will accept the case for review after a Ninth Circuit en banc court held there was no Second Amendment right to carry a firearm concealed outside the home. In fact, the Supreme Court is scheduled to consider whether to take the Peruta case in an internal court conference on Friday April 14th. The new Justice Gorsuch will be a part of making that decision.