In North Carolina a federal district court judge has struck down the state’s emergency power to ban firearms and ammunition outside the home during a declared emergency.
Judge Malcolm J. Howard ruled in the case Bateman v. Purdue that “… the court finds that the statutes at issue here are subject to strict scrutiny… While the bans imposed pursuant to these statutes may be limited in duration, it cannot be overlooked at the statutes strip peaceable, law abiding citizens of the right to arm themselves in defense of heart and home, striking at the very core of the Second Amendment.”
The case was brought by the Second Amendment Foundation, Grass Roots North Carolina FFE and three individual plaintiffs. Defendants Gov. Beverly Purdue and the secretary of the state’s Department of Crime Control and Public Safety Reuben F. Young were both acting in their official capacity.
Judge Howard’s ruling also solidifies the Second Amendment’s reach outside the home, “the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is not strictly limited to the home environment but extends in some form to wherever those activities or needs occur,” Judge Howard wrote.
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