Erie County LP’s Gun Control Lawsuit Dismissed

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A court battle that the Erie County Libertarian Party (New York) and nine New York residents have been fighting since July 2015 involving firearms licensing laws was dismissed last week by a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci, Jr. stated that while the law went against the “core” 2nd amendment “The licensing laws place no more than ‘marginal, incremental, or even appreciable restraint on the right to keep and bear arms.” The Judge also stated “Moreover, the laws promote public safety and prevent gun violence.”

The New York affiliate challenged the law because of it’s vague requirement that a citizen applying for a license have “good moral character”, that the law is too expensive and an invasion of privacy.

However, the party was not discouraged by the decision and stated that the case would now go to the 2nd circuit. The party’s lawyer also claimed that they are going to appeal the decision.

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Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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