Lawsuit challenges denial of right to bear arms
May 7, 2009 by Personal Liberty News Desk
The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), The Calguns Foundation (CF) and three private citizens have filed a lawsuit against arbitrary state infringement of the right to bear arms in California.
They challenge the policies of two sheriffs in Sacramento and Yolo counties, who refuse to issue law-abiding people gun permits while criminals continue to carry guns without police permission, according to the SAF.
One of the plaintiffs believes her sexual orientation and small stature makes her an appealing target for criminals but she has been unable to obtain a gun permit.
"The California licensing system is being abused by some officials who are hostile to self-defense rights," says Donald Kilmer, co-counsel representing the plaintiffs in this case.
He adds, "Complete deprivation of the right to bear arms is not an option under our constitution."
Founded in 1974, SAF is the nation’s oldest and largest education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the constitutional right to privately own and possess firearms. It has more than 600,000 members and conducts programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.
CF is a non-profit legal defense fund for California gun owners and works to educate government and the public and protect the rights of individuals to own and lawfully use firearms in California.