There must be something in the water in San Francisco…or maybe all the drugs flushed down the toilets when the cops arrived during the 1960s have finally cleared out of the water. Either way, for some reason, the notoriously nutty 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has handed down two pro-Second Amendment decisions in one week, which must be a new record for that Court.
Last week, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit backed a San Diego court’s injunction halting California’s new ban on ownership of magazines holding 10 bullets or more, which the NRA argued is unconstitutional. Now, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit has affirmed that the Second Amendment protects the right of Americans to carry firearms in public for self-defense, striking down a ridiculous Hawaiian law that asserted citizens only have the right to bear arms inside their own homes.
Granted, these are only three-judge panels – and the rulings were 2-1, with the two judges who upheld the Second Amendment both being Republican appointees – but two out of three out of 14 judges is at least a start. The 9th has been on a bad acid trip for a long time; we can’t expect them to regain full sanity overnight.