First Amendment: Federal judge dumps California law banning gun displays

A federal judge struck a 95-year-old California law ruling that the state could not prevent gun stores from using handguns in window displays. The law was intended to prevent suicidal citizens from impulsively buying a gun. Finding no evidence that impulse buying causes suicides and noting that the state already has a 10-day waiting period on purchases, the judge ruled the law violated the First Amendment rights of the store owners. (Courthouse News Service, September 11, 2018, by Nick Cahill)

The judge said the law was too narrow in that store owners could still use such advertising gambits as neon lights flashing Guns Guns Guns and too broad by limiting the message to everyone regardless of their mental stability. (Reuters, September 12, 2018, by Jonathan Stempel)

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