Montana Attorney General Tim Fox Joins 26-State Coalition on Brief Before the U.S. Supreme Court to Defend Second Amendment Rights

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox joined 25 other state attorneys general Thursday in filing a brief with the United States Supreme Court challenging a San Diego County gun restriction baring citizens from legally carrying firearms outside of their homes for self-defense purposes.

“The Second Amendment establishes law-abiding citizens’ right to protect themselves in this country by bearing arms, and the action taken by San Diego County is quite clearly a violation of that fundamental right,” said Attorney General Tim Fox. “It’s important that we defend our constitutionally protected rights in all jurisdictions across the country, as unconstitutional actions taken by government can spread all too quickly if left unchallenged.”

The brief, filed in the case Edward Peruta v. State of California, asserts, “The San Diego County sheriff’s licensing scheme effectively bans the core right to bear arms for ordinary, law-abiding citizens and, consequently violates the Second Amendment. The experience of amici States demonstrates that the restrictions on bearing arms in San Diego County cannot withstand any level of scrutiny. Although the amici States share the same compelling interests in protecting the health and safety of their citizens, they have been able to do so without curtailing the fundamental right of their citizens to bear arms.”

Montana was joined in the amicus brief by Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Click here to read a copy of the brief.