I don’t think the hoplopaths in Clark County salivating with plans to exploit the repeal of preemption understand what a dream for activists such a thing is. Local laws are so much easier to attack and protest. They also don’t seem to understand that the activist gun owners are heavily concentrated in the same county. We’ll have a field day with protests and activism. They will really recharge the gun rights movement and get more people more deeply involved.
It’ll be fun until the lawsuits are successful and their crap ordinances are thrown out. New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York promises to apply strict scrutiny to the Second Amendment which will doom pretty much every gun control law. The Heller decision’s clause about not casting doubt on long-standing prohibitions will likely go the way of the dodo because Scalia was compelled to put that in his opinion to ensure Justice Kennedy’s vote with the majority. Justice Kavanaugh will help fix Kennedy’s perfidy.
In other words, the jurisprudence that is likely held by the conservative Supreme Court is that “shall not be infringed” means what it says. Like the freedom of speech, limits on the right to keep and bear arms must be limited to what is absolutely necessary for civilized order. Felons will still be prohibited from carrying, but “gun free zones,” permits, and “assault weapon bans,” will probably be smacked down in the district courts. For instance, SCOTUS vacates and remands anti-gun decisions like Peruta to be reviewed under the new standard, which means that California goes shall-issue at a minimum.
If NYSRPA vs. NYC goes our way, when gun control laws get a successful decision in court, they die forever. So remember that Nevada hoplopaths; when we win, you lose. You’ll have to go full Maduro on us after that to get our guns.
For one, it’s much easier for Clark County residents to appear in person at the commission meetings. County commissioners could be petitioned in person; they live near us and frequently appear at public events. Local ordinances are going to be attacked with much easier legal ease when they inevitably violate due process rights.
Let’s not forget; many citizens have expressed a willingness to shut down the Strip with an open carry protest. Just imagine the consternation that a dozen rifle-toting citizens would cause walking down the Strip one afternoon in protest. It doesn’t even have to be an organized thing as people will spontaneously do it just to piss in the cheerios of the county commission.
So buckle up. Should AB 291 blow up on us, it’ll be a rough few years until the dust from all the lawsuits settle. However, it’ll scratch that protest itch as the commission and legislature unintentionally radicalizes the heretofore uninvolved gun owners. If the worst happens, after it is signed into law, Nevada Carry will assist the Nevada Firearms Coalition, the Second Amendment Foundation, and other organizations in building a lawsuit war chest.
Here’s how to help kill AB 291 in the Senate and keep it off the governor’s desk.
Clayton E. Cramer
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