Gun Owner Loses 2nd Amendment Case

by Nick McCann, Courthouse News  |  published on December 11, 2012

A woman who challenged San Francisco’s gun laws as unconstitutional failed to persuade a federal judge that the rules burdened her ability to protect herself and her family.

Therese Marie Pizzo sued The City and County of San Francisco, Mayor Edwin Lee, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, Police Chief Greg Suhr, and California Attorney General Kamala Harris, challenging a variety of local and state gun laws.

Pizzo, a lesbian, said in her complaint that she has suffered harassment for her sexual orientation, and gun laws in San Francisco and California prevent her from having a gun to protect herself and her family.

Pizzo claimed in her 2009 lawsuit that she feared threats and assaults in “more rural areas of California and in rural areas out-of-state” and that she has “no way to adequately defend or protect [herself].”

Pizzo challenged state laws that prohibit carrying weapons in public, and San Francisco ordinances making it illegal to discharge firearms in public.

Those discharge ordinances were amended in 2011 to remove references to firearms, and now prohibit only fireworks.

Pizzo also challenged state and county procedural requirements for applying for a concealed-carry weapon, and a county ordinance requiring handguns to be locked in an approved gun safe.

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