Critics of the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down Chicago’s handgun ban as unconstitutional have expressed concerns that the decision may open floodgates to lawsuits across the country. In fact, there are early signs that this may already be happening.
On the same day that the highest court’s opinion was announced, The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) filed a Federal lawsuit in North Carolina, which is asking for a permanent injunction against Governor Beverly Perdue as well as local officials and governments from declaring states of emergency that might lead to private citizens’ being denied their right to bear arms.
According to the filing, state statutes that ban individuals from carrying weapons and ammunition during states of emergency violate the Constitution.
"We intend to show that state emergency powers statutes that allow government officials to suspend fundamental civil rights are unconstitutional and should be nullified," said SAF founder and executive vice president Alan Gottlieb.
He added that "citizens do not surrender their civil rights just because of a natural or man-made disaster."
The SAF was joined in the suit by Grass Roots North Carolina, a local gun rights organization, and three private citizens.