Advocates of smart gun laws achieved several big litigation victories recently, as federal district courts issued strong decisions rejecting Second Amendment challenges to state concealed weapons laws in California and New Jersey. While a majority of states require that an applicant only meet minimal requirements to acquire a license to carry a concealed, loaded handgun in public, California and New Jersey both require an applicant to show a justifiable need to carry a weapon in order to acquire a license.
While these decisions are favorable, they aren’t surprising: since the U.S. Supreme Court’s District of Columbia v. Heller decision in 2008, courts nationwide have overwhelming rejected a wide variety of Second Amendment challenges, including a number of suits against laws limiting guns in public places. For more significant victories in legislatures and courts across the country, visit our Success Stories page.
Additionally, a federal district court in the District of Columbia recently upheld the authority of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to require federally-licensed firearms dealers in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas to report when they sell multiple semi-automatic rifles to the same person within five consecutive business days. The Law Center submitted written comments in support of the adoption of this requirement, which will help enable law enforcement to combat the trafficking of assault weapons to Mexico.
We are proud to work with state and local governments across the country to protect important gun laws from legal challenges brought by the gun lobby. For more about these issues, read our latest Post-Heller Litigation Summary.