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Within 15 minutes of the Heller decision coming down, Alan Gura filed McDonald. I’m scanning for his name in the news and not seeing any new cases. Dude, you have a standard to live up to.

Kidding aside, I do wonder what is next?

22 Responses to “Slacker”

  1. Weer'd Beard Says:

    He told me he was waiting for this to push the California handgun Roster case forward. I’d say that would be a VERY safe bet.

    FYI, as an oppressed Masshole standing toe-to-toe with Alan Gura, I asked if State AWBs could be struck down, and he said it probably wouldn’t be very hard given the sales of “Assault Weapons” and normal-sized magazines nation-wide.

  2. J Richardson Says:

    Give the guy a break! Alan needs a little bit of time to savor his win – and to prepare for the case now that it is remanded back to the 7th Circuit.

    I have no doubt that he already has more cases up his sleeve ready to release when he’s ready.

  3. nk Says:

    I wish I still lived in Chicago, so I could show up in the basement of the Daley Center (that’s where gun registration is) with my Beretta unloaded, cased and locked, FOID in hand, and say “Register this for me, please”.

  4. Carteach0 Says:

    New York city. California. Every state that denies right-to-carry. Massachusetts. Every state that won’t honor other states carry permits. The list is endless, and will represent a looooong string of wins for Gura if he chooses to continue the fight.

  5. Jake Says:

    I’m thinking CA’s handgun roster, too. That, or something in MA.

    He may have to wait until the 7th Circuit has actually issued the ruling according to SCOTUS’s opinion before he can move forward, though.

  6. Standard Mischief Says:

    Next would be to find a few dozen people in a “may issue” state that have been denied carry permits and file a case for that.

    The idea that you need a permit to exercise a right is pretty repugnant IMHO, but if you need to get one, it should be “shall issue”.

  7. Lumpy Says:

    Seen rumors of Ca. Palmer, Sykes and Pea

  8. Weer'd Beard Says:

    Jake, the CA case is already underway, and it will happen to effect the Mass Roster.

    Still our Bullshit licensing system could use a good roughing up as well…

  9. mike w. Says:

    Let the man celebrate. He deserves a 5 minute break for a drink!

  10. nk Says:

    The shame of it is … well … Illinois politics. In Illinois, under state-wide law, you can have most any gun you want (NFA excluded) in your own home, own land, or fixed place of business (even if you’re just an employee and not an owner). And if the police find out about it because you used it in self-defense, or in defense of an innocent other person, you cannot be prosecuted just because it violates a local ban. But the darn Illinois legislature never dared take on Mayor Daley to preempt nonsense like Chicago’s.

  11. nk Says:

    Stopped by Sports Authority, today, in the neighboring town, with my eight-year old daughter. Her eyes went right to a Ruger pellet rifle claiming 1,000 fps. There was a sticker on it “Not for [my town]”. A lot of this stuff will be political and not lawsuit. Vote.

  12. anon Says:

    “I do wonder what is next?”

    A well deserved vacation?

  13. Shootin' Buddy Says:

    Next? California is the obvious target.

    Oh, I come from Washington D.C. with an appellate brief on my knee.

    However, let us see what transpires in Chicago with the additional regulations. Let’s hope Daley imposes really, really burdensome rules!

  14. Davidwhitewolf Says:

    Gura already filed the Sykes and Pena cases in CA (unconstitutionality of handgun roster and may-issue CCW law), and they got to the point that they were on hold pending a decision in McDonald. So he ain’t slackin, he’s been ahead of the curve for more than a year!

  15. Matt Says:

    Actually I think Bloomberg should be shaking in his boots right now. I suspect NYC’s ridiculous and arbitrary licensing laws are next. $400+ in fees just to get a license saying you can have a handgun? I’m thinking this will be high on the list of next challenges to attack such schemes as a tax on rights. Similar poll taxes were struck and the same should apply to the 2nd.

    Heller never challenged the Constitutionality of the registration and licensing scheme in place in DC so the Court never had to address it. Even if such schemes are held to be reasonable, they must be available and applied in an even handed manner to not act as a defacto prohibition.

    I think the question of “Should one be required to have a license to exercise a fundamental right in the home?” will be the next question to be asked for an answer.

  16. Mike M. Says:

    Matt’s right. IIRC, there is already a SCOTUS ruling stating that the government may not charge a fee for the exercise of a fundamental right. It came up concerning the licensing fee for CB radios, as I recollect.

    And ~$400 is not a trivial sum.

  17. DirtCrashr Says:

    Nail Bloomberg and NYC already. As David mentioned we got the whole CA thing pending pursuant to the McDonald outcome – and now the ball will roll.

  18. IZinterrogator Says:

    I have wondered for years why SCOTUS ruled that the government could not charge a fee for a right, yet there is still a firearms excise tax. Maybe Mr. Gura could take that up down the road.

  19. AntiCitizenOne Says:

    Don’t forget about us in college!

  20. Geodkyt Says:

    IZ — “taxes” are not “fees”.

    That’s why authors pay income tax, and why the states may charge sales tax on newspapers and cable.

  21. Diomed Says:

    He’ll need to find a new hobbyhorse, since Privileges or Immunities is now a dead letter for at least another generation.

  22. Captn Marvel Says:

Remember, I do this to entertain me, not you.

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