Neil Gorsuch yesterday formally joined the Supreme Court, where he will play a deciding role in a number of high-profile cases and will vote this week on whether to take up a case asking the court to decide on concealed-carry permits in California jurisdictions, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. The case asks whether law-abiding citizens should need to give local law-enforcement agencies a specific reason — other than generically fearing for one’s safety — to be granted permission to carry a concealed gun in counties like San Diego, where the case originated. If the Supreme Court takes the case, it could be biggest gun-rights case since the 2008 D.C. vs. Heller case that upheld the right to possess a handgun at home.
In 2009, Edward Peruta sued the San Diego County Sheriff over what he says is an unconstitutional policy that requires concealed-carry applicants to show “good cause” for their permits. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the policy does not infringe on citizens’ Second-Amendment rights. The high court could decide whether it will take Peruta vs. California as soon as this week. Gorsuch has not offered many clues on where he stands on D.C. vs. Heller. Still, the National Rifle Association threw its support behind Gorsuch through $1 million in television ads. As a constitutional “originalist,” could Gorsuch interpret the Second Amendment as a “right to keep and bear arms” beyond one’s home?