August 26, 2014

Baton Rouge Gun Ordinance Shot Down

While Californians celebrate another gun rights victory, Second Amendment supporters in Baton Rouge, LA, just scored a win of their own. The Advocate reports, “A city-parish ordinance that prohibits residents from keeping firearms in their parked cars while they’re inside establishments that sell alcohol is unconstitutional and can no longer be enforced, a federal judge ruled Monday.” The lawsuit was filed by Earnest Taylor who was arrested and charged in 2012 after police discovered three rifles in his car following a stint at a local lounge. Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson explained: “[A]ny law-abiding citizen who exercises his or her right to keep or bear arms within the confines of his or her personal vehicle will violate [the ordinance] anytime he or she, for example, stops to refuel a vehicle at a service station that sells alcohol, or stops to purchase groceries at a grocery store that sells alcohol. Similarly, the ordinance prohibits law-abiding citizens from purchasing and possessing firearms at any establishment that sells alcohol, thereby rendering the sale of firearms at establishments like Wal-Mart a criminal act.” Jackson got it exactly right by nullifying this clearly unconstitutional law. More…

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