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California Gun Case May Be Justice Gorsuch’s First on SCOTUS

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 Cinnamon    27,687

With Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch confirmed to replace Antonin Scalia as a Justice of Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), he may immediately have an impact on a Second Amendment case from California, plus a long docket of government authority cases.

In a California firearms restriction case: Peruta v. San Diego, a plaintiff is challenging government restrictions on the Second Amendment right of ordinary, law-abiding citizens to carry handguns outside of their home for self-defense, including concealed carry when open carry is forbidden by state law.

In a religious freedom case: Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, from Gorsuch’s home state of Colorado, a baker claims the state’s public accommodations law, which mandated him to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple in spite of his religious beliefs, violates the free exercise or free speech clauses of the First Amendment.



If this is the case, then we will find out what he's made of! 

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 Mindzen    309

The gun case will be especially telling on Gorsuch's approach to deciding cases. If he leans towards precedent, he could very well rule in favor of San Diego. If he leans towards a strict Constitutional interpretation, he could rule in favor of the Peruta. This one will be very interesting to see.

In the Cakschop case, Gorsuch is going to disappoint the religious right and even some non-religious libertarians. I suspect he rule against the Cakeshop. His liberal views and Espiscopal social justice background will become evident in this case.

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