Federal Judge OKs Gun-Store Shutdowns Near Los Angeles

WFB:

A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request to force Ventura County, Calif., to reopen gun stores forced to close in response to the coronavirus.

Judge Consuelo B. Marshall, a Jimmy Carter appointee, of the District Court for the Central District of California, said she would not grant a temporary restraining order against the county’s shutdown order. Her decision is one of the first in the legal battle over pandemic-related closures of gun businesses. It may indicate the court fights could drag on for weeks and produce mixed results even as Americans buy guns for self-protection at a record pace.

“While the public interest is served by protecting Second Amendment rights, the public interest is also served by protecting the public health by limiting the spread of a virulent disease,” Marshall said in a ruling.

Marshall’s ruling is one of at least three legal opinions that have come out in the wake of the outbreak, though state and federal courts have disagreed about the extent to which the Second Amendment protects against emergency closures. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court allowed Gov. Tom Wolf (D.) to include stores in his shutdown—though the governor later reversed course. Meanwhile, a North Carolina court ordered Wake County sheriff Gerald Baker (D.) to abide by an agreement that reopens the pistol-purchase permitting process in the county. read more

9 Comments on Federal Judge OKs Gun-Store Shutdowns Near Los Angeles

  1. Can somebody please explain to me why a courtroom presided over by judge appointed by Jimmah Carter, who’s been out of office more than 40 years, is deemed “essential”?

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  2. “While the public interest is served by protecting Second Amendment rights, the public interest is also served by protecting the public health by limiting the spread of a virulent disease,”

    Except one is in the Constitution and the other is in your opinion.

    Your oath of office is to the Constitution above all else, your personal opinion is not even in the oath at all.

    We need to do something about these bench legislating judges real soon or there is no hope of ever continuing as a nation of laws instead of a nation of rulers opinions.

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  3. Powerful government officials should be held PERSONALLY LIABLE whenever they abuse their power by letting personal beliefs over rule the Constitution.

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  4. I’m surprised Ventura County shut down gun shops, they have essentially a ‘shall issue’ policy and friends have gotten their CCW permits there. In L.A. County there is no way you’re going to get CCW.

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  5. Our Constitutional rights are ALWAYS open for business.

    Just like sending in the Federal Marshals to desegregate public schools despite public and court opposition, so should the Trump administration force the doors open….at gunpoint if necessary, and escort customers inside to exercise their rights.

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  6. By whose authority were gun shops shut down in the first place?

    In CA does “shall not be infringed” mean something different than “shall not be infringed?”

    izlamo delenda est …

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  7. There could be a silver lining in this.
    Somebody should sue and push it all the way to the supreme court (make sure RBG is off the bench first). This “essential” need could be used as reinforcement for solidifying the second amendment and “shall not be infringed”.
    PS – I’m not a lawyer, but I play one as part of my job…

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