Supreme Court Won’t Rule On Carrying Guns In Public

The Supreme Court appears hesitant to wade back into the national debate on guns.

The court refused Monday to decide whether the right to bear arms extends outside the home. The justices won’t consider a challenge to a New Jersey law that restricts most residents from carrying guns in public.

The case would have marked the most significant gun control case at the high court since its District of Columbia v. Heller decision in 2008 upheld the right to keep handguns at home for self-defense.

The New Jersey challenge was backed by the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners Foundation. “The Second Amendment guarantees the right to carry weapons for the purpose of self-defense — not just for self-defense within the home, but for self-defense, period,” the NRA argued in its brief to the high court.

New Jersey law enforcement groups defended the state’s requirement that citizens prove a “justifiable need” to carry handguns outside the home, whether openly or concealed from view. In their brief, they claimed the law “qualifies as a presumptively lawful, longstanding regulation that does not burden conduct within the scope of the Second Amendment’s guarantee.”

The state had won two rounds in federal district and appeals courts in the case, Drake v. Jerejian. But another appeals court went the other way in a California case in February, providing the type of circuit split that often leads to Supreme Court intervention.

“Drake presents very strong splits on carrying outside the home and the need for evidence in Second Amendment cases,” Alan Gura, the lawyer for those challenging New Jersey’s law, had said before the court turned down the case.

Ever since Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for a divided Supreme Court in 2008 that the Second Amendment to the Constitution protects the right to possess guns at home, the question of public places has been looming. Many states impose restrictions, such as requiring a demonstrated need to carry a gun, whether concealed or in plain sight. Most lower courts have upheld those restrictions.

Until recently, the most obvious outlier involved an Illinois law that was much more restrictive than those in other states. Its ban on carrying concealed weapons in nearly all circumstances was struck down by a 7th Circuit appeals court panel. Rather than appealing to the Supreme Court, however, the state amended the law to allow for public possession with restrictions.

A ruling in February from a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals changed the equation. The majority opinion struck down San Diego County’s restrictions as a violation of Second Amendment rights.

“The Second Amendment does require that the states permit some form of carry for self-defense outside the home,” the panel said. “States may not destroy the right to bear arms in public under the guise of regulating it.”


Gunny’s Rules



Put down your sissy drink with its umbrella, get off your backside, and square yourself away. Get fit, get a job, and get yourself some self-respect. America’s favorite, most in-your-face sarge is going to show you how to get squared away like a Marine.

R. Lee “Gunny” Ermey, of The History Channel’s Mail Call, takes time out from telling viewers all about military technology, to tell readers all about life. Men today are facing a crisis of emasculation. Gunny is here to tell you how to fight back and save your dignity: by taking control of your own damn life. First, he teaches you how to get fit, stay fit, and defend yourself. Then, he teaches you how to conduct yourself the way real men do: with assertiveness but also with wisdom and courtesy. Finally, Gunny motivates you to use your new fitness and new attitude to live life like a man of honor: to work hard, reach for high goals, and set an example with your life.

Gunny’s Rules is the ultimate guide for anyone who wants to live life like one of the toughest of the tough—like a Marine.

I recently had the opportunity to read R. Lee Ermey’s new book Gunny’s Rules: How to Get Squared Away Like a Marine. I had a difficult time putting this book down to do anything else. All I wanted to do was read what Gunny would say next. Not only is the book instructional and motivational, pretty much every lesson is backed up with a specific case where Gunny has lived that example in his own life. I learned a lot about what made him the man he is today. I found the book to be inspirational, enlightening, entertaining, motivational, humorous, and captivating. I plan on giving a few copies away as Christmas gifts. One day I hope to have the opportunity to shake Gunny’s hand and thank him for everything he’s done for our US Marines.

Talking Limits – The Dick Metcalf Situation

If you’ve not read Dick Metcalf’s editorial in the December 2013 edition of Guns & Ammo magazine, head over to and read it. It’s just one page, won’t take long.

Dick Metcalf is wrongs on so many levels with this editorial. The rights entailed in the Bill of Rights are confirmed by the document, but are not granted by government. Metcalf compares rights confirmed by the government to the rights granted by government. That which the government grants, the government can take away.

As a result of the backlash, Metcalf has been let go from his contract with Guns & Ammo. In addition, Jim Bequette (editor, Guns & Ammo), has also agreed to step down from his position.

But… Jim already planned to step down as of January 1, 2014. So this isn’t really quite the gesture it is made out to be.

I have to question the logic that Dick and Jim were the only two to see this article prior to publication. Did nobody else at the company voice an opposing opinion?