At least not without a better reason than that the weather sucks. Two years ago heavy snows led the North Carolina Governor to declare a state of emergency. Following that, one town, the City of King, declared all alcohol and gun possession banned outside the home. This was allowed because of state law. A lawsuit followed and the plaintiffs won last week on the claim that the ban violated their 2nd Amendment rights. From Journal Now:
Now, a federal court has agreed, ruling that state law can’t make a blanket ban that keeps the plaintiffs from carrying or buying guns and ammunition during an emergency.
“While the bans imposed â€¦ may be limited in duration, it cannot be overlooked that the statutes strip peaceable, law-abiding citizens of the right to arm themselves in defense of hearth and home, striking at the very core of the Second Amendment,” Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard wrote in his order.
Time and again we’ve seen that it is expressly during an emergency that the right to bear arms is most important. The chaos and lawlessness in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina comes to mind.
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