California Gun Waiting Period Laws Ruled Unconstitutional
Federal court decides 10-day waiting period laws violate Second Amendment rights
ROSEVILLE, CA (August 25, 2014) â€“ Californiaâ€™s 10-day waiting period for gun purchases was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge this morning in a significant victory for Second Amendment civil rights. The laws were challenged by California gun owners Jeffrey Silvester and Brandon Combs, as well as two gun rights groups, The Calguns Foundation and Second Amendment Foundation.
In the decision released this morning, Federal Eastern District of California Senior Judge Anthony W. Ishii, appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton, found that â€œthe 10-day waiting periods of Penal Code [sections 26815(a) and 27540(a)] violate the Second Amendmentâ€ as applied to members of certain classifications, like Silvester and Combs, and â€œburdens the Second Amendment rights of the Plaintiffs.â€
â€œThis is a great win for Second Amendment civil rights and common sense,â€ said Jeff Silvester, the named individual plaintiff. â€œI couldnâ€™t be happier with how this case turned out.â€
Under the court order, the California Department of Justice (DOJ) must change its systems to accommodate the unobstructed release of guns to gun buyers who pass a background check and possess a California license to carry a handgun, or who hold a â€œCertificate of Eligibilityâ€ issued by the DOJ and already possess at least one firearm known to the state.
â€œWe are happy that Second Amendment rights are being acknowledged and protected by our courts,â€ said Donald Kilmer, lead attorney for the plaintiffs. â€œThis case is one more example of how our judicial branch brings balance to government in order to insure our liberty. I am elated that we were able to successfully vindicate the rights of our clients.â€
Attorneys Victor Otten of Torrance and Jason Davis of Mission Viejo were co-counsel for the plaintiffs.
â€œThis ruling clearly addressed the issue we put before the court,â€ said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. â€œWe are naturally delighted with the outcome.â€
â€œCalifornia gun owners are not second-class citizens and the Second Amendment doesnâ€™t protect second class rights,â€ noted plaintiff Brandon Combs, also CGFâ€™s executive director. â€œThis decision is an important step towards restoring fundamental individual liberties in the Golden State.â€
â€œThis victory provides a strong foundation from which other irrational and unconstitutional gun control laws will be challenged,â€ concluded Combs. â€œWe look forward to doing just that.â€
The Calguns Foundation (www.calgunsfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves its members, supporters, and the public through educational, cultural, and judicial efforts to defend and advance Second Amendment and related civil rights.
The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.
The Calguns Foundation - Brandon Combs
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Second Amendment Foundation - Alan Gottlieb