Few states have done as much to try and chip away at the Second Amendment as the People’s Republic of California. It’s the home state of Dianne “turn them all in, Mr. and Mrs. America” Feinstein, and she’s far from the only bureaucrat who thinks those weaselly Founding Fathers didn’t really mean it when they said “shall not be abridged.”
Needless to say, the Golden State has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation, including on concealed carry. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court this week declined to hear a case that would challenge those rules before the nation’s highest court.
It probably goes without saying that Justice Clarence Thomas, arguably the court’s most stalwart conservative, didn’t agree with the court’s decision to forego the matter. However, his scathing rebuke — in which the justice said he found it “extremely improbable that the Framers understood the Second Amendment to protect little more than carrying a gun from the bedroom to the kitchen” — is sure to become the stuff of legends among Second Amendment fundamentalists.
In the dissent, Thomas not only took a huge stand for the Second Amendment but hit liberal judges over their lack of contact with reality. According to Politico, the case involved California resident Edward Peruta, who was suing the state over its policy to not award concealed carry permits to those who do not have “good cause” and San Diego County over their policy that concern over personal safety does not constitute said cause.
Even though Peruta’s case was backed by the National Rifle Association, it didn’t get the requisite four judges to decide it was important or contentious enough to add to the Supreme Court’s docket. And Thomas, a Second Amendment champion, was not happy.
“The Second Amendment’s core purpose further supports the conclusion that the right to bear arms extends to public carry,” Thomas wrote in his dissent. “Even if other Members of the Court do not agree that the Second Amendment likely protects a right to public carry, the time has come for the Court to answer this important question definitively. “
That was just the beginning, though. Justice Thomas then went on to criticize what he felt was the court’s sheltered position on the Second Amendment…
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