Unconstitutional: US Federal Court Strikes Down Restrictive Gun Law on Mariana Islands

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Washington Free Beacon

A United States federal court ruled on Monday that the gun licensing law in the Mariana Islands Commonwealth violates the Second Amendment.

The U.S. territory bans the possession or importation of handguns and handgun ammunition. It requires that all residents obtain a special license if they wish to possess a firearm. Those applying for the license, called a Weapons Identification Card, or “WIC,” are required to be either a U.S. citizen or U.S. national and to prove they have a good reason to possess a firearm. Self-defense is not among the acceptable reasons.

Ramona Manglona, chief judge of the District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands, struck down all of those provisions as unconstitutional. The Obama-appointee required that Mariana Islands officials immediately stop enforcing its handgun ban, begin issuing WICs to lawful permanent aliens, and accept self-defense as a valid reason for obtaining a WIC. It also ordered the U.S. territory to pay the plaintiffs’ legal fees.

Li-Rong Radich was attacked in 2010 by an intruder who had broken into her home on Saipan. She was brutally beaten and suffered multiple broken ribs as well as a broken eye socket. She and her husband David applied for WICs in 2013 in an effort to obtain a firearm for home defense.

The Radichs have not received a response to their respective applications for WICs in the nearly three years since they applied.

The Second Amendment Foundation brought the case on the Radichs’ behalf and footed the bill for the associated legal fees.

Alan Gottlieb, the group’s founder, said since the ruling holds the same weight as those made by other federal district courts, it is an important affirmation of individual gun rights in America, which will have a lasting impact.

“It will have a direct impact in the 9th Circuit,” he said. “It is another affirmation of the Second Amendment victories in Heller and McDonald. This ruling makes it harder for the gun prohibitionists to get around these important Supreme Court victories.”

“This is one more Second Amendment Foundation victory in an unprecedented string of court victories. But we still must make sure that President Obama or a Hillary Clinton do not stack our courts with anti-rights judges.”

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  2. One would think that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, along with all who serve them, would learn that after all the attacks, all the legal effort, all the taxpayers money, all the time that has been wasted on the futile attempts to eliminate The Second Amendment Rights from the Citizens of The United States of America will not work. Obviously, not only do they not learn from history (Especially their own) , You Simply CAN’T FIX STUPID! There are more Registered Hunters in Wisconsin alone than there is members of our Standing Military. There are also registered and non registered hunters and gun owners ALL OVER America, many of whom are Ex-Military, passing on their knowledge and experience to others. Just Hunters alone, trained in survival off the land, blending in and being part of their surroundings, and experts at not only close range but long range shots (200 – 500 plus yards focused in an area the size of a pair of shoes or smaller) are common place in this country. If these idiots, with their deranged ideas of a Police State- insist on attempting to eliminate our Right to Bare Arms, along with other rights afforded to us by The Founding Fathers and God, they WILL force this Country into a Second Civil War. This is perhaps what they are attempting, at least in part. I Pray it never happens, but if it does then I remember a statement by an old enemy of the U.S. from World War II. A Japanese Admiral was told of a plan to Invade the U.S. Mainland, and he replied by stating the following: “If we attempt to Invade the United States, there will be a rifle behind every blade of grass”. Such would be the same if Obama and/or Hillary accomplish what they are attempting to do. We as a People in the most remarkable country in the world should and need to be attentive, motivated, dedicated, and willing to stand up for truth, justice, “The American Way” and the continuation of our country. Not only originally as desired by our Founding Fathers, but every American Citizen who believes in The Constitution, The Bill of Rights, and The Declaration of Independence. We must also be willing to fight for our rights, our beliefs, and our families.

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