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Monday, June 8, 2015

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear San Francisco Storage Law Challenge

The Washington Post reported earlier this morning that the U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it will not hear the challenge to Jackson v. City and Country of San Francisco, a case challenging the city's law requiring that handguns be stored in a lockbox or secured with a trigger lock.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit previously ruled that the law did not pose an undue burden on Second Amendment rights.  For the full court to take up the case, four justices had to vote to hear it.    Justice Thomas wrote in dissent to the decision not to hear:
“We warned in Heller that ‘a constitutional guarantee subject to future judges’ assessments of its usefulness is no constitutional guarantee at all,’” Thomas wrote. “The Court of Appeals in this case recognized that San Francisco’s law burdened the core component of the Second Amendment guarantee, yet upheld the law.”

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