"While some may write the Second Amendment off as a relic of a bygone era, in reality, the ability to defend one’s self remains essential to millions of Americans. As the Ninth Circuit recently explained, “[o]ur country’s history has shown that communities of color have a particularly compelling interest in exercising their Second Amendment rights.” Duncan v. Becerra, 970 F.3d 1133, 1155 (9th Cir. 2020), reh’g en banc granted, opinion vacated, 988 F.3d 1209 (9th Cir. 2021). The same is true for women; guns can allow women to protect themselves more effectively against “abusers and assailants.”
True as it may be, I find playing the race or gender card a bit opportunist in today’s identity politics climate. Gun bans are equal under the law, just not "equitable" in application, as they impact only law-abiding citizens.
"... when New Jersey enacted such a statewide and retroactive ban on the mere possession of the Affected Magazines, it destroyed the core of the Second Amendment right. And when such destruction occurs, interests should not be balanced.3
3 This, of course, does not mean that New Jersey cannot regulate the possession or use of Affected Magazines if such regulations are consistent with prior longstanding regulations on the right to keep and bear arms."
And that footnote bothers me - the next steps are regulation that are, in all practical sense, near total bans, as are the May Issue laws in several states. In the decade plus since Heller and McDonald, how many $$$ Millions of tax dollars has government spent attempting enforce foot dragging restrictions and limitations on these SCOTUS decisions, not to mention the private $$$ Millions NRA, GOA, SAF have spent litigating such cases?
When you poked your finger an inch from you little sister, and said "but I’m not touching her", your Mom smacked you upside the head for not following the intent of "stop touching your sister." Only the voters can smack Shall Issue and de facto ban CA, CT, DE, NJ. NY, MA, MD, RI, HI state elected officials upside the head, and those Democrat stronghold states are not about to do so.