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Supreme Court Won't Hear San Francisco Gun Rights Case

By    |   Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 03:24 PM

The Supreme Court says that it won't hear a major gun rights case, challenging a San Francisco gun law dictating how guns ought to be stored and secured in the home.

San Francisco gun owners were hoping that the high court would overturn a city ordinance, which says that handguns must be "stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock" when the guns aren't being carried, The Daily Signal is reporting.

Local governments would have been prohibited from passing laws that place restrictions on the Second Amendment if Jackson v. City and County of San Francisco had been upheld.

The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of gun owners in similar lawsuits in the past that took issue with local governments placing restrictions on guns by local governments in the case of D.C. v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago.

Both Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas disagreed with the decision by the majority in the court. Thomas wrote the dissent.

"'Self-defense is a basic right' and 'the central component' of the Second Amendment's guarantee of an individual's right to keep and bear arms," Thomas wrote, citing McDonald v. Chicago.

"Less than a decade ago, we explained that an ordinance requiring firearms in the home to be kept inoperable, without an exception for self-defense, conflicted with the Second Amendment because it 'ma[de] it impossible for citizens to use [their firearms] for the core lawful purpose of self- defense,'" he wrote, citing D.C. v. Heller.

"Despite the clarity with which we described the Second Amendment’s core protection for the right of self-defense, lower courts, including the ones here, have failed to protect it," he said, saying that if it had been up to him, the Supreme Court would have chosen to hear the San Francisco case.

John Malcom, head of The Heritage Foundation's Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, told The Daily Signal that the decision not to hear this case "leaves gun owners seeking to protect themselves and their families inside their own homes — a right recognized by the Supreme Court in Heller and McDonald — less able to defend themselves should armed intruders break into their home in the middle of the night."

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