The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a case concerning the Fourth Amendment rights of gun owners, leaving in place one of the most anti-gun rulings from any court of the modern era.
In January, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in United States v. Robinson held that, during a traffic stop, police officers who have reason to believe an individual is in possession of a firearm can legally treat that person as dangerous—even if the person’s behavior isn’t overtly threatening and the officer has no reason to believe the gun is being illegally possessed. In other words, anyone caught exercising their Second Amendment rights should be prepared to forfeit their Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.
While it is yet to be seen whether the ruling will lead to an uptick in the number of law-abiding gun owners subjected to invasive and inconvenient friskings, the mere precedent set by this decision is an affront to our constitutional rights and could prove highly detrimental going forward.
Florida House To Consider “Courthouse Carry” Measure
The rule that prohibits firearms in Florida courthouses could be altered to make life easier for gun owners. A new bill has been introduced in the state House, allowing concealed-carry permit holders to store guns with security officers.
HB 383 was proposed by Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach. WUSF reports that it is identical to SB 134, a bill filed in the state Senate in August.
This measure will be considered in the 2018 legislative session, which begins in January. A similar bill was approved by the Senate last year but was not taken up by the House.
Armed West Virginia Homeowner Detains Intruder, Stops Thieves
It’s a case of one burglary too many—and a homeowner who used his firearm to stop a gang of criminals.
As Kanawha County investigators told WSAZ-TV, last Thursday a man realized someone was rummaging through his house late at night, so he quickly retrieved his gun. The homeowner managed to hold the intruder—identified as Charles Thomas—at gunpoint until officer arrived. At that point, the suspect tried to run but was quickly apprehended.
The homeowner told detectives that while being detained, Thomas mentioned the presence of four accomplices nearby. Police discovered Brittany S. Greene, 23; Krystal M. Smith, 22; and Dameon J. Forney, 40; hiding in the woods with property stolen from a nearby business. All were charged with transferring and receiving stolen property, while Thomas—who had several outstanding warrants—was arrested for breaking and entering.