This fall reality handed the gun grabbers a major defeat with the election of Donald Trump. While Trump may not the strongest gun candidate imaginable, he is head and shoulders over “Crooked” Hillary.
Another, small victory for the Second Amendment came from U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands. (That’s a U.S. territory just north of Guam).
Jacob Sullum wrote about a great 2A legal victory for Reason. He explains the Court’s fantastic ruling in favor of open carry in public. This is indeed an inspiration for all Americans, not just those in the Pacific.
Photo by Bearing Arms.
This Federal Judge Gets It
Federal Judge Ramona Manglona struck multiple blows for freedom this fall. She: overturned a ban on carrying handguns in public, a ban on “assault” weapons, idiotic caliber restrictions, and an unconscionable $1,000 tax on handguns, and a Draconian requirement that all guns be registered with the government.
“The individual right to armed self-defense in case of confrontation…cannot be regulated into oblivion.” – Ramona Manglona, Federal Judge.
The District for the Northern Mariana Islands is a part of the larger U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (often referred to as the 9th Circus). The Circus is one of the holdout jurisdictions that refuses to acknowledge what the Supreme Court in the 2008 Heller case. Like a small child with a tantrum problem, they just can’t seem to understand “shall not be infringed”.
Manglona gets it. She said the NMI “completely destroys” the Second Amendment. And she struck it down. This woman, by the way, is one of the GOOD judges. If Trump needs a Supreme Court nominee from the Pacific region, he might choose her.
Manglona hit the government hard on their assault weapons ban. Picking apart their “logic” in legislating she wrote: “The Commonwealth has not shown through any evidence that its means fit its end. …. In fact, the evidence suggests that the banned attachments actually tend to make rifles easier to control and more accurate—making them safer to use. Because the Commonwealth’s ban does not match its legitimate and important interest, the ban fails intermediate scrutiny and will be struck down.”
Ha! Ha! I love it! Assault weapon features make a gun … safer!!
She hit the other objectionable laws equally as hard. She also praised the plaintiff, former Army Ranger Paul Murphy. “Plaintiff has valiantly pursued all lawful efforts to protect and defend his rights in a community where the voice of the majority can often overpower the equally important rights of the minority.”
*Jacob Sullum is a senior editor at Reason magazine and a nationally syndicated columnist.
Is it okay to think a judge is hot? Photo by Federalist Papers.
Gun control, in any form, is not about crime reduction. It’s not about safety. It’s not about the children. Nor the poor. Nor racism. Nor the environment. It’s nothing the left claims. It IS pure and simple totalitarian communism. It is the complete destruction of our rights. All of them. Take away the right to bear arms and to defend oneself, and what do you have left?
Good for Paul Murphy, fighting for his rights and for ours. And, thank you, Judge Manglona.
PS: For the communists in the NMI government: North Korea isn’t that far away. Maybe you could swim it…
Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at www.perrinlovett.me. He is none too fond of government meddling.