The SAF-affiliated Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a tireless supporter of Second Amendment rights. In a strategic shift from their previous efforts in the courts, CCRKBA is now making a public appeal to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to put the squeeze on cities and states that limit their citizens’ right to armed self defense.
In a press release issued yesterday, the CCRKBA announced that…
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has written to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, requesting that the Department of Justice withhold funds from any local or state government that adopts policies that infringe on the right of citizens to keep and bear arms.
“The liberal municipal governments of such cities as New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle, and states including New Jersey, Connecticut, California and Massachusetts should not be receiving taxpayer funds while violating the constitutional rights of those taxpayers,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “It is ironic that all of those places are willing to spend millions of dollars to attack the rights of gun owners, when they should be protecting civil and constitutional rights, including the Second Amendment.”
Wins in the courts lately have been few and far between. The Ninth Circuit put the kibosh on Peruta v. San Diego County, leaving Californians at the mercy of their local chief law enforcement officers as to whether or not they have a good enough reason to justify carrying a concealed firearm. And SCOTUS refused to hear the appeal.
Just last week, a US District Court judge ruled that the Massachusetts attorney general’s new interpretation of what constitutes an “assault weapon” can stand, based on his problematic reading of the high court’s Heller decision. That case may still reach the court of appeals and, eventually, SCOTUS. But given SCOTUS’s recent reluctance to touch 2A cases, that’s hardly a sure thing.
The CCRKBA may have been inspired by President Trump’s threat to cut off federal funds to states that refuse to enforce immigration laws. Given that, why not use the same strategy in service of gun rights?
What are the chances that CCRKBA’s request to choke off funding from states like California, New York and Maryland over Second Amendment rights will be granted? Probably somewhere between slim and none. Lower than the chances that the administration would follow through on their immigration law threat.
Cutting off the funding spigot to heavily gun-controlled states would take a degree of political conviction and courage that very few in government display and would surely be met with almost instantaneous court challenges and restraining orders issues by obscure Hawaiian judges. Still, you have to respect the audacity of the move by CCRKBA.