Now that the US Supreme Court has a five Americans majority over four globalist socialists, 2020 isn’t looking as awesome as gun grabbers across the country had been hoping. All eyes will be on the powder-keg known as Virginia this year as patriots stand off against violent tyrants hoping to confiscate their guns, but there’s also some important news regarding the court. Attorneys general from 21 states have petitioned the court to overturn Maryland’s horrendous concealed carry law.
If the court opts to hear Malpasso v. Pallozzi, it could have profound impacts on gun rights for all 50 states. Maryland’s concealed carry law is one of the most restrictive in the country. You pretty much have to prove to law enforcement that your stalker is going to kill you in the parking lot outside the police station before you can get a permit in Maryland.
It’s truly awful for people who want to defend their lives in Maryland outside the four walls of their own homes. New Jersey, California and New York are similar states that could be impacted if the Supreme Court takes up the case, as well as anti-gun municipalities like Seattle, WA.
The legal question, according to the attorney spearheading the case, is “Whether the Second Amendment allows the government to prohibit typical, law-abiding citizens from carrying handguns outside the home for self defense in any manner.”
We can say with certainty after the 2010 Heller decision that self defense is a fundamental right that the government cannot prohibit, and that the Second Amendment conveys a right to gun ownership and possession to individuals, regardless of whether they are in a state-run militia. It would be another huge win for gun rights nationwide if the court strikes down the Maryland “may issue” permitting law.
Another question is just how far the court would extend the ruling, if it takes up the case. The high court could rule that “may issue” requirements are unconstitutional, and that “shall issue” needs to be how the law is applied across the country. That’s still not nationwide constitutional carry; we’ll have to wait for the Ginsburg situation to resolve before that’s likely to happen. But it would be a step in the right direction if anti-gun sheriffs and police chiefs are prohibited from denying concealed carry permits to people on their own whims.
As if that’s not good enough news, the Supreme Court has already heard oral arguments in the New York State Pistol & Rifle Association v. New York City. In that case, presidential candidate and Mayor Bill De Blasio made up a new regulation that you can’t transport a pistol in your vehicle. So, New Yorkers literally could not take their handguns to a gun range to use them. The Pistol & Rifle Association sued, because, duh.
The fact that the newly Americanized Supreme Court was willing to take up the case caused New York City to panic. They rolled back the regulation so that you can drive to a gun range with your pistol in your car. Under the new rule, you only go to prison as a felon if you stop on your way to the gun range to gas up your car or get a cheeseburger. Otherwise, you’re fine.
There was some concern that the court would rule the case moot, because the New York regulators had amended the rule. But Chief Justice John Roberts, who the gun grabbers hoped would be the “swing vote” to uphold the stupid rule, asked a lot of questions over whether motorists could still be penalized under the revised rule. The answer was that technically, yes, they can. So, it looks like the court will be deciding that case in favor of common sense. Justices Gorsuch and Alito are both said to be chomping at the bit to take up this case.
This could be another huge win for gun owners in any state or municipality where you are expected to keep your disabled firearm sealed in a vault with your ammo stored separately on the moon. Just think: These exciting rulings are only going to accelerate in the next few years after President Trump replaces a couple more Supreme Court Justices!