Friday, December 13, 2013

Judge says waiting period 'burdens' 2nd Amendment


A federal judge in California has ruled in a Second Amendment fight that a state-imposed waiting period to take possession of a firearm is a burden on the right to keep and bear arms.

The ruling came in a challenge brought by the Second Amendment Foundation to the state’s mandatory 10-day waiting period to obtain firearms. The case, Silvester v. Harris, continues.

It was Senior Judge Anthony Ishii of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California who said in an 11-page decision that California Attorney General Kamala Harris “argues that the WPL (Waiting Period Law) is a minor burden on the Second Amendment, [but] plaintiffs are correct that this is a tacit acknowledgement that a protected Second Amendment right is burdened.”

He wrote, “The court concludes that the WPL burdens the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.”

Alan Gottlieb, the executive vice president for the SAF, said the statement is important.

More @ WND

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