Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- Oral arguments will be heard before the En Banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, 16 June, 2015. The hearing will take place at 3:30 p.m. in Courtroom One at the James R. Browning Courthouse, 95 Seventh Street in San Francisco. I have not seen what judges have been selected for the En Banc panel. According to Ninth Circuit procedure, there will be 11 members. I am sure that the oral arguments will be well covered.
The crux of Peruta is whether the right the keep and bear arms extends outside of the home. The three judge panel argued, I believe extremely persuasively, that it does. The dissenting judge, Sidney R. Thomas, argued that a nebulous state interest of “safety” overrode the second amendment, because, well, because the Supreme court had not addressed the issue of carrying outside of the home specifically in Heller. The opinion and dissent are available in pdf format here.
Sidney R. Thomas has now become the Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit. He is reportedly one of the most “liberal” judges in the Ninth Circuit.
Amicus briefs have been filed by numerous parties. All of the amicus Briefs are available in pdf format here. The parties that have filed amicus briefs are:
|04/30/2015||Amicus Brief by Everytown for Gun Safety|
|04/30/2015||Amicus Brief by New York State Rifle Ass'n|
|04/30/2015||Amicus Brief by International Law Enforcement Educators Ass'n|
|04/30/2015||Amicus Brief by Western States Sheriffs' Ass'n|
|04/30/2015||Amicus Brief by State of California|
|04/30/2015||Amicus Brief by National Rifle Ass'n|
|04/30/2015||Amicus Brief by Gun Owners of America, et al|
|04/30/2015||Amicus Brief by The Madison Society|
|04/30/2015||Amicus Brief by State of Alabama, et al|
|04/30/2015||Amicus Brief by Congress of Racial Equality|
|04/30/2015||Amicus Brief by Governor of Texas, et al|
|04/29/2015||Amicus Brief by League of California Cities|
|04/28/2015||Amicus Brief by Pink Pistols, et al|
|04/16/2015||Amicus Brief by State of Hawaii|
|04/16/2015||Amicus Brief by Charles Nichols|
It is not clear that the State of California will be a party in the proceedings. Kamala Harris, the AG, has asked to become a party. Early in the case she argued that state law was not affected, so the state should *not* be a party. She has asked the court to be able to participate in the oral arguments.
That request has not been ruled on, to my knowledge. It is a critical point if the State of California is a party or not. If they become a party, then they can appeal an adverse ruling; if they are not a party, they have no standing to appeal.
Sheriff Gore has stated that he would not appeal the ruling of the 3 judge panel. He gets another bite of the apple with a new ruling by the En Banc panel, and could decide to appeal it, if it is adverse. There would be tremendous pressure on him to do so, but the appeal is not as certain as it would be if the State of California becomes one of the parties to the case.
If the En Banc panel reverses the three judge panel's opinion, then the case would certainly be appealed by the plaintiffs.
Whether the Supreme Court would accept an appeal is completely uncertain.
Charles Nichols reports that the oral arguments will be available live streaming on YouTube video at the Ninth Circuit website.
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Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.