LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - A California county's limitation on a gun restriction rule violates a law-abiding citizen's right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside their home, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Wednesday.
Rutledge has filed an amicus brief, or friend of the court brief, in the United States Supreme Court, asking justices to hear an appeal of the San Diego County rule.
"San Diego County's permitting scheme amounts to a nearly total ban on carrying a gun," Rutledge said. "Law-abiding Americans are guaranteed the right to bear arms outside of the home for self-defense, and while states are allowed to create rational permitting laws that are not unduly restrictive, San Diego County's law is unconstitutional. I am urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear this case and uphold the Second Amendment rights of all Americans."
Arkansas is one of about 20 states to file the brief in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, with other area states including Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kentucky, Rutledge said.
The case, Peruta v. California, is expected to be heard during the March 24 conference by the United States Supreme Court.
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