The Supreme Court has passed on hearing a two cases involving California and their gun laws.
The first one:
FOX BUSINESS – In a blow to gun rights activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge to California’s 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases that is intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides.
The gun rights groups and individual gun owners who challenged the law had argued that it violated their right to keep and bear arms under the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment. The challengers did not seek to invalidate California’s waiting period for everyone, just for people who already owned guns and passed a background check.
The second one:
The high court on Tuesday also declined to take up a National Rifle Association challenge to California’s refusal to lower its fees on firearms sales and instead use a surplus generated by the fees to fund efforts to track down illegal weapons.
Justice Clarence Thomas was clearly displeased that the court passed on taking up these cases, scolding them in his dissent:
In his dissent, Thomas scolded his colleagues. “If a lower court treated another right so cavalierly, I have little doubt this court would intervene,” Thomas wrote. “But as evidenced by our continued inaction in this area, the Second Amendment is a disfavored right in this court.”
Thomas said he suspected that the Supreme Court would readily hear cases involving potentially unconstitutional waiting periods if they involved abortion, racist publications or police traffic stops.
“The right to keep and bear arms is apparently this court’s constitutional orphan. And the lower courts seem to have gotten the message,” Thomas added.
Dayum! He’s straight up accusing the court of bias because the cases involve the 2nd amendment. Wow.
According to the article “The Supreme Court has not taken up a major firearms case since issuing important gun rulings in 2008 and 2010.”
If you want to read Thomas’ lengthy dissent, it starts on page 34: