The Supreme Court has turned aside all Second Amendment challenges since a pair of landmark rulings in 2008 and 2009 confirmed the rights of individuals to keep and bear arms.
But some believe a California case could make the high court return to the controversial area and determine whether gun ownership rights extend beyond the corners of one’s home.
“If this goes to the Supreme Court, I’ll probably be right there on the doorsteps fighting and advocating,” Michelle Laxson proudly said. She and a handful of other San Diego County residents joined together in a lawsuit challenging how stingy their sheriff was in issuing permits to carry concealed weapons.
“The attitude of the sheriff’s department was very cold,” Laxson recalled to Fox News. “And a kind of like chip on their shoulder regarding gun rights and concealed weapons and basically said, ‘Ha! You really think you’re going to come through and get a [permit]? This little precious girl?’ You know, in her dress and her boots and her lipstick. They looked me and it was almost like a laughingstock. Like a joke.”
In February, a divided three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in Laxson’s favor concluding that as responsible citizens she and the other plaintiffs have the right to carry a concealed weapon for self-protection.
The San Diego Sheriff’s Department initially said it would follow the court’s ruling and not appeal. But California Attorney General Kamala Harris intervened and is asking the Ninth Circuit to rehear the case. The legal pathway likely ends with a petition to the Supreme Court.
SOURCE: Lee Ross