Gun Permits

A federal court in Pennsylvania denied Philadelphia’s request to dismiss a gun rights group’s complaint alleging the city violated citizens’ civil rights by closing its gun permitting office at various points during the pandemic, finding an evidentiary hearing is required. The plaintiffs also claim the “overall licensing process is delayed and burdensome.”

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Road Shooting

The supervisors of a police communications operator were entitled to immunity in her suit claiming they fired her in retaliation for her exercising her Second Amendment rights after she shot another driver in a road range incident, the Seventh Circuit ruled. The woman was acquitted of attempted murder but caselaw has not clearly established that her shooting was “constitutionally protected.”

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Guns and Young People

A federal court in California declined to grant a preliminary injunction to plaintiffs who claim the California Penal Code violates the Second Amendment by restricting gun ownership among 18-20 year olds. The court finds the “potential harm of enjoining a duly-enacted law designed to protect public safety outweighs” young adults’ “inability to secure the firearm of their choice without proper training.”

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Second Amendment

A federal court in California dismissed gun owners’ complaint over Governor Gavin Newsom’s Covid-19-related orders, which closed gun stores as they were not deemed to be “essential businesses.” The orders are temporary, do not “specifically target” gun-related activities for restriction and do not categorically ban firearms, so they do not substantially burden the Second Amendment, the court found.

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