Alan Gura, lead counsel for the respondent in District of Columbia v. Heller, is spearheading a challenge to the constitutionality of policies that deny law-abiding individuals gun carry permits in California. (Sykes v. McGinness, U.S. Dist. Court, Eastern Dist. of Calif. No. 09 01235)

Last week, after the Senate failed to approve Sen. John Thune’s proposal to require all states to recognize concealed carry permits from all other states, Gura offered his insights into the vote.

“Gun rights opponents at last have cause to rejoice,” he wrote. “Only 58 members of a lop-sided Democratic-controlled Senate approved of a provision mandating that states give full faith and credit to each other’s gun-carry permits. The laws of 48 states, at least in theory, allow their peaceable citizenry to carry guns in public for self-defense … “

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