Supreme Court Lets California's Gun-Buying Waiting Period Stand

Supreme Court Lets California's Gun-Buying Waiting Period Stand”

It was created so authorities have time to do background checks and in case a person is trying to by a gun to do harm.

One of the court's most conservative justices, Clarence Thomas, dissented from the decision to reject the waiting-period case and accused his colleagues of showing contempt toward constitutional protections for gun rights.

But the law remained in effect while the state appealed to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which overturned Ishii's ruling in 2016. Chicago, Thomas noted that the Second Amendment is not a "second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees".

"If a lower court treated another right so cavalierly, I have little doubt that this court would intervene", Thomas wrote.

Jeff Silvester and Brandon Combs, two California gun owners, have challenged the law, saying that they do not believe it should apply to individuals who have already been through the process of legally owning a gun, according to The Hill.

As a result, he said, lower courts are "failing to protect the Second Amendment to the same extent that they protect other constitutional rights".

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"Once again the Supreme Court has refused to entertain the gun lobby's extreme interpretation of the Second Amendment", said Eric Tirschwell, litigation director for Everytown for Gun Safety, a group funded by billionaire businessman and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The waiting period gives a gun buyer inclined to use it for an impulsive objective a "cooling off" period, which has been shown in studies to reduce handgun suicides and homicides, the state said in legal papers. And, he said, the court had not clarified the standard for reviewing gun regulations for nearly 10 years. "Our continued refusal to hear Second Amendment cases only enables this kind of defiance", he wrote.

The justices left intact California's 10-day waiting period for gun purchases, turning away arguments that the policy violates the rights of people whose background checks take less time.

The Supreme Court declined Tuesday to take up two gun-related cases out of California, maintaining its reluctance to dive back into the debate concerning the scope of the 2nd Amendment.

"Her obsessive quest to try and destroy Clarence Thomas [and pull her career out of free fall] has resulted in another 4,200 words of warmed-over, long-ago debunked, and perjurious allegations", Severino writes of Abramson. He mentioned that in the current term, the Supreme Court has granted review for five First Amendment cases and four Fourth Amendment cases, but won't review this Second Amendment case.

The challengers were represented by Erik Jaffe of Washington, D.C. California Deputy Attorney General Jonathan Eisenberg represented California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

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