BPR: The US Supreme Court on Tuesday dealt a blow to Second Amendment Advocates in a decision that prompted an extensive 14-page dissenting opinion from Justice Clarence Thomas.
The Court refused to hear challenges against two California laws that plaintiffs said violate their rights to gun ownership under the Second Amendment, CBS News reported.
The first case was a challenge to California’s “cooling off period,” a 10-day waiting period for all gun sales intended to ensure a person does not purchase a firearm in a fit of rage.
According to court documents, California’s “cooling off” period is the second-longest in the country, The Hill reported.
Only eight other states and the District of Columbia have any type of waiting period.
California residents Jeff Silvester and Brandon Combs were joined by the nonprofits The Calguns Foundation Inc. and the Second Amendment Foundation Inc. in their suit.
Silvester and Combs, who already owned firearms, claimed the law was unconstitutional when applied to “subsequent purchasers,” or persons who already own a gun, have a concealed carry license, or clear a background check in less than 10 days.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals shot down their case, and the Supreme Court let the lower court’s decision stand.
In a scathing dissenting opinion, Justice Thomas quoted the court’s precedent, saying:
“The Second Amendment protects ‘the right of the people to keep and bear Arms,’ and the Fourteenth Amendment requires the States to respect that right, McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U. S. 742, 749–750 (2010) (plurality opinion); id., at 805 (THOMAS, J., concurring in part and concurringin judgment). more here