To gun rights activists , the discretionary decisions of local authorities can seem arbitrary, or even prejudicial. Ed Peruta has had, to put it mildly, a mixed relationship with law enforcement. A few of his close friends are active or retired officers. But he also has sued a number of law enforcement agencies on both coasts, and has posted videos online of his confrontations with police (usually stemming from disputes about his right to document police activity as a freelance journalist). In addition to his Second Amendment complaints against San Diego County Sheriff William Gore, Peruta has a separate First Amendment lawsuit against Gore (concerning press credentials), currently on the docket at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Sheriff Gore declined my requests for comment, but it’s safe to assume that Ed Peruta isn’t his favorite person.
— Da vid French is a staff writer for National Review , a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and an attorney.
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Michael Waldman is president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. He is the author of The Second Amendment: A Biography .
— David French is a senior writer for National Review , a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and an attorney.
In the remaining state conventions, the majority in favor of a bill of rights had become irresistible. New York demanded one, and North Carolina refused to ratify the Constitution until a bill of rights had been introduced in Congress. Chapter 11 explains these developments, which included significant mention of the right to bear arms.