Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
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SCOTUS LETS STAND BRADY CENTER VICTORY, PUNTS ON GUN LAW CHALLENGE
WASHINGTON - Preserving a major victory for gun violence prevention laws and the Brady Center, the Supreme Court declined to hear challenges to California's reasonable restrictions on concealed handgun permitting today. Due in part to Brady's help, the Ninth Circuit upheld as constitutional the permitting process last year in Peruta v. County of San Diego. This ruling reversed the 2014 decision, which held the law violated the Second Amendment. Throughout the case, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence played a critical role, by filing amicus briefs, moving to intervene on behalf of Brady members in San Diego, and seeking reversal of the 2014 ruling.
Avery Gardiner, Chief Legal officer at the Brady Center, said, "The Ninth Circuit got it right and upheld California's reasonable, common sense law. Many other states have laws that are very similar. We are glad that the Supreme Court is leaving the Ninth Circuit's opinion in place, as sensible laws about carrying concealed guns in public save lives. More than a thousand people have been killed by people with concealed carry permits since May 2007. States can and should enact laws that keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and keep all of us safe"
Jonathan Lowy, Director of the Legal Action Project at the Brady Center, said, "This is an important win, for all of us. The Second Amendment allows for common sense gun violence prevention laws, and does not force the people of California to trample on the rights of Americans to live, or to adopt the corporate gun lobby's ‘guns everywhere' vision."
The California law at issue authorizes law enforcement to issue permits that allow people with "good cause" to carry concealed firearms in public. Plaintiffs challenging that law, along with the NRA and other gun lobby groups, argued for a broad right to carry hidden guns in public spaces. The Brady Center, with invaluable assistance and representation by the law firm of Hogan Lovells, has played a critical role in this case since 2010, filing amicus briefs at every stage of this case, moving to intervene and seeking en banc review after a divided Ninth Circuit panel held that California's law was unconstitutional. The Brady Center argued that the Constitution allows states to restrict the concealed carrying of firearms in public as California (as well as New York, Maryland, and several other states) does. The Ninth Circuit agreed, in the decision the Supreme Court has now let stand.
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About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother's Day 2000.