Law Shield is happy to report that the Second Amendment Foundation won a significant victory on behalf of legal resident aliens in Arkansas.
SAF challenged the state’s citizen-only concealed carry licensing law in federal district court, seeking a permanent injunction against its enforcement on behalf of a man named Martin Pot (pronounced Pote), a citizen of the Netherlands.
U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks, for the Western District of Arkansas, handed down the ruling. He ordered the state to pay SAF $10,000 in attorney’s fees and court costs of $726.41.
The lawsuit, filed last November, challenged the Arkansas statute because it “completely prohibits resident legal aliens from the concealed carry of guns, in public, for the purpose of self-defense.” Colonel Stan Witt, director of the Arkansas State Police, was named as the defendant in his official capacity.
“This is yet another victory in our effort to expand Second Amendment protections in the United States,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “Mr. Pot is a law-abiding resident of Eureka Springs, and has been so since 1986. He is self-employed and is a productive member of the community, with an American-born wife and family. He came here almost 30 years ago, met and married his wife, and has many solid connections in his community.”
While the Arkansas statute allowed Pot to possess a firearm only in his home, on his property, or under certain circumstances while on a “journey,” he was prohibited from obtaining a concealed carry permit because he is not a citizen.
SAF has successfully challenged other state laws in New Mexico, Washington, Nebraska, and Massachusetts.
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