An Obama-appointed U.S. District Judge Steve Jones denied that halting of processing of concealed carry permits violated the Second Amendment rights of Georgian residents. The plaintiffs wanted a temporary restraining order to halt enforcement of Georgia's handgun carry license laws during the time that the county probate judges in the state did not accept applications or renewals. Alternatively, the litigants sought an order forcing the county probate judges in the state to receive and process handgun licenses during the crisis.
The request had been filed by the Second Amendment Foundation, Firearms Policy, and Lisa Walters, a Cherokee County firearm holder. Walters and the gun rights groups also indicated that the halting of the processing of licenses violated their Second and Fourteenth Amendment rights.
However, the Obama Judge rejected both requests arguing the refusal to process firearms licenses did not violate the plaintiff's Second Amendment rights because it was temporary. He also claimed forcing a county probate judge to issue licenses or stopping the enforcement of the concealed license law was a drastic relief. The judge also declared the plaintiffs did not suffer irreparable harm, and therefore there was no cause of action.
Losing a life because of the inability to defend themselves and their families does appear like irreparable harm, especially if it happens because of a decision to stop licensing applications.
Jones also claimed the Second Amendment supporters could petition a court in Georgia for a writ of mandamus to force a Cherokee County probate judge to accept and process handgun licenses during the emergency period.
It appears the plaintiffs made the same request, which he gladly denied. What guarantee was there of any other court granting the same request?
In short, it appears states are taking the advantage to deny Americans their Second Amendment rights, and judges such as the Obama-appointed Jones gladly enable this violation.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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