Lawsuit follows Supreme Court McDonald v. Chicago decision
RALEIGH, N.C., June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Grass Roots North Carolina has joined Michael Bateman, Virgil Green, Forrest Minges, Jr., and the Second Amendment Foundation in a lawsuit against the state's emergency powers gun ban.
Named in the suit are North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue; Reuben Young, secretary of the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety; Stokes County and the City of King.
Filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, the lawsuit contends state statutes forbidding carrying of firearms and ammunition during declared states of emergency, as well as laws enabling government officials to prohibit purchase, sale and possession of firearms and ammunition are unconstitutional because they forbid the exercise of Second Amendment rights as affirmed by Monday's Supreme Court ruling in McDonald v. Chicago.
Plaintiffs are represented by attorney Alan Gura, who won the recent McDonald v. Chicago Second Amendment case and the landmark D.C. v. Heller case preceding it. Local counsel includes Andrew Tripp and Kearns Davis of Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLC.
- Since 2004, at least 12 states of emergency have been declared, especially in the state's hurricane-prone coastal areas.
- In February King, NC declared a state of emergency for impending snowfall, posting signs prohibiting the carriage and sale of firearms and ammunition, infringing upon its citizens' Second Amendment rights.
- On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of applying Second Amendment scrutiny to state gun laws.
Says GRNC president Paul Valone:
"North Carolina's legislature has chosen to infringe upon citizens' ability to protect themselves and their families in times of need. When King, North Carolina banned guns and ammunition in response to pending snowfall, it clearly highlighted the unconstitutional restrictions endured by lawful North Carolinians."
Grass Roots North Carolina
GRNC is an all-volunteer non-profit dedicated to preserving individual freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. Since 1994, GRNC has conducted grass roots mobilization on legislation impacting Second Amendment issues, as well as voter education and through the GRNC Political Victory Fund, election action to further legislative goals.
Contact: F. Paul Valone, President, Grass Roots North Carolina
SOURCE Grass Roots North Carolina