Montana Joins Bipartisan Effort to Protect Second Amendment Rights
25 states want the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn circuit court decision upholding city gun restriction
A bipartisan group of 25 state attorneys general has filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit’s ruling upholding a San Francisco ordinance that requires all citizens who possess handguns in their homes to disable them or store them in a locked container whenever the guns are not being physically carried on a person.
“Time and again, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to use a firearm in self-defense,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “Montana has a compelling interest in this litigation since we have strong laws protecting the right to defend oneself in one’s home. Storing firearms safely in the home is very important, but it is inappropriate for the government to dictate how one does so.”
The amicus brief argues that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the right to keep a “lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense” and the ordinance makes it impractical, if not impossible, for a law abiding citizen to exercise that right. “Unless the Court grants review, the law in the Ninth Circuit will remain that law-abiding, responsible citizens will be unable to possess operable firearms in defense of hearth and home.”
The attorneys general from the following states are participating: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.