News LAW FIRM OF DAVID G. SIGALE FILES SECOND AMENDMENT SUIT AGAINST STATE OF NEW MEXICO

LAW FIRM OF DAVID G. SIGALE FILES SECOND AMENDMENT SUIT AGAINST STATE OF NEW MEXICO

State of New Mexico

Attorney David G. Sigale has filed suit against the State of New Mexico, through its Attorney General and Public Safety Director. The suit is on behalf of John W. Jackson, a lawful resident of the United States and a resident of New Mexico, and challenges the State’s ban on non-citizens from obtaining a concealed carry permit for protection.

Plaintiffs also include the Second Amendment Foundation of Bellevue, Washington. Plaintiffs are challenging the permit prohibition as violating Plaintiffs’ Second and Fourteenth amendment rights. This case follows on the heels of Sigale’s successful suit in Omaha, Nebraska in 2011, which barred non-citizens from obtaining a permit for home handgun possession. In that suit, Sigale obtained an injunction against the law, which the City was then forced to repeal.

Sigale said: “The State of New Mexico is denying constitutional rights to an entire class of persons for no legitimate reason.  Mr. Jackson, a lawful-resident alien, simply wishes to enjoy his right to self-defense in a manner enjoyed by all citizens in New Mexico.  Since the Supreme Court years ago recognized Second Amendment rights for lawful resident aliens, we expect the Courts will vindicate Mr. Jackson’s rights in this case.”

A link to the Complaint is here (PDF)