On Thursday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the COVID-19 lockdowns of gun stores in Ventura County, California, violated Constitutional rights. Maybe the Democrats in California never read or even understand the Second Amendment, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
McDougall v. County of Ventura was a case that was appealed to the Ninth Circuit after a US District Court rejected the Constitution claiming Ventura County’s COVID-19 mitigation orders to close gun stores, gun ranges, and ammo shops was legitimate. The Circuit Court rejected that ruling because the Ventura County mitigation orders clearly violated the Second Amendment.
Presiding over the three-panel court, Judges Lawrence Vandyke and Andrew Kleinfeld reversed the lower court while Judge Ryan Nelsen dissented.
Vandyke and Kleinfeld said, “Ultimately, the issue boils down to the County’s designation of “essential” versus “non-essential” businesses and activities. While courts should afford some measure of deference to local policy determinations, “the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table.” Heller, 554 U.S. at 636. When a government completely bans all acquisition of firearms and ammunition by closing gun shops, ammunition shops, and firing ranges, it’s one of those off-limits policy choices squarely contemplated by Heller. See id. at 630. The Orders cannot satisfy strict scrutiny.”
Can you imagine if Republican elected officials ordered abortion clinics to be shut down over COVID? Better yet, can you imagine if Democrat politicians made an effort to shut down the 2020 Summer of Love riots that raged every night in Democrat-run cities across the country? Many abortion clinics shut down on their own because they didn’t want to put the money out for COVID-19-related expenses, but I don’t believe any orders were ever issued where abortion clinics were not considered “essential” businesses. The Democrats preferred a baby killing industry over a Constitutional Amendment that is in the Bill of Rights.
The judges also indicated, “Not only did Appellees fail to provide any evidence or explanation suggesting that gun shops, ammunition shops, and firing ranges posed a greater risk of spreading COVID-19 than other businesses and activities deemed ‘essential,’ but they also failed to provide any evidence that they considered less restrictive alternatives for the general public.”
Modern-day Democrats have done everything they can to block a person’s right to keep and bare arms. Meanwhile, the modern-day Democrat also doesn’t believe in bail and, in many cases, even prosecuting criminals. When the government takes actions that cause harm to the public, the people still have the right to defend themselves. And when government takes that right away while producing more violent criminals on the street, something needs to give. This was a good ruling. Any time the Constitution is upheld, it’s a good ruling.
The Constitution’s protection of gun rights. It’s in there!
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