May 17, 2016 – Professor Eugene Volokh commented in an Associated Press article that appeared in The Mercury News as well as other news outlets, on a federal appeals court ruling that said in a California lawsuit that the Second Amendment right to bear arms extends to gun stores and requires governments to justify restrictions on them.
The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came in a lawsuit against Alameda County by three men who wanted to open a gun store. They said a county ordinance that prohibits gun stores within 500 feet of a residential area violated the Second Amendment.
“The ruling is unique in its determination that there is a right to open new gun shops regardless of whether such stores already exist,” said Professor Volokh.