Professor Jacob Charles Quoted in "San Diego To Take Spotlight in Fight Over California's Gun Laws" -- San Diego Union-Tribune
Professor Jacob D. Charles is quoted in the San Diego Union-Tribune article, "San Diego To Take Spotlight in Fight Over California's Gun Laws. History Will Be Key." The article considers four cases challenging California's strict gun laws to be decided by U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez, and the new legal framework Benitez must use based on the Supreme Court case New York Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen.
Excerpts from "San Diego To Take Spotlight in Fight Over California's Gun Laws"
Now, San Diego will soon have a “front-row seat,” according to Pepperdine’s Jacob Charles, as local U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez gets set to rule — or re-rule — on four pending Second Amendment challenges. Benitez, who has previously ruled to overturn several of California’s strict gun laws, is expected to issue decisions in the quartet of cases in the coming weeks and months.
In a draft article for the Duke Law Journal, Charles wrote that his analysis shows that “lower courts are fractured ... (and) have reached divergent conclusions” using the new standard. That has resulted in a “patchwork of decisions that leaves constitutional standards” subject to various district court decisions around the country, explained Charles, the former executive director of the Duke Center for Firearms Law.
Based on Benitez’s previous rulings, which have largely been reversed or delayed due to appeals, Charles said it seems likely he’ll once again rule in favor of the Second Amendment groups challenging the state’s firearms restrictions.
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