Monday, April 20, 2009

Nordyke v. King (9th Cir. - April 20, 2009)

I usually don't comment much on high-profile cases, on the theory that most of the arguments will eventually be made elsewhere anyway. So will just mention this case -- a high-profile "right to bear arms" case that's been pending in the Ninth Circuit for forever -- in passing, and let the reader check it out if they'd like.

The only thing I'll add is that both sides win something here. The City wins summary judgment and dismissal of the lawsuit against it. By contrast, the Nordykes win a ruling that the Second Amendment is incorporated into the Fourteenth Amendment.

So a mixed bag, in which there's something in there for everyone.

P.S. - For all the discussion in the opinion and concurrence about terrorists and self-defense and the like, it's pretty interesting that the opinion comes out exactly ten years to the day after Columbine, eh?