SF Chronicle: Local gun shop regulation to have its day in court

Alameda County's zoning ordinance regarding gun stores to get its day in court.

The Ninth Circuit announced Tuesday that the opposition in CGF's Second Amendment challenge, Teixeira v. County of Alamedawill be granted a new hearing over whether the Second Amendment protects the commerce of firearms. Judges made decided in a 2-1 ruling that the Second Amendment does protect the right to purchase firearms earlier this year before a federal judge dismissed the case. 

Via the San Francisco Chronicle

State Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office said a ruling allowing a constitutional challenge to the local restrictions could also imperil state laws regulating commercial gun dealers’ licensing, inspection, monitoring, storage methods and delivery of firearms.

Brandon Combs, executive director of the Calguns Foundation, said restrictions on local dealers can effectively nullify the right to own guns.

“The state wants everybody to register their firearm and go through a background check” before a purchase, Combs said. “The only way you can do that is if you can go to a gun store.”

Alameda County has at least 10 gun stores in unincorporated areas. Combs said the 500-foot limits in the ordinance would prohibit additional stores.

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