“How does the U.S. attorney general not step in and stop this? HOW does the U.S. attorney general NOT sue any state that violates the BILL OF RIGHTS??” a comment poster to one of my recent articles about the State of Hawaii’s denial of carry permits asks. It’s a fair question and one I’ve asked myself over the years.
It was the basis of a petition effort I was involved in several years back to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, asking him to enforce the Second Amendment against the State of California the same way the Department of Justice had enforced civil rights decades earlier by desegregating public schools. Per a 1986 article in The Yale Law Journal, the DOJ “brought legal actions against more than five hundred school districts in the first ten years after enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”
by David Codrea