The final judgment of Federal district court judge Samuel James Otero in my California Open Carry appeal was published on this day, five years ago. I published a timely appeal the same month. The judge compared firearms to crystal meth and people who carry them to drug dealers. Sadly, the State of California did not stand by Otero's analogy on appeal. My lawsuit was filed in the district court on November 30th of 2011.
Mr. Young filed his notice of appeal on December 14, 2012. His lawsuit was initially filed in June of 2012. His judge held that the Second Amendment right is limited to the inside of one's home.
Pena v. Horen was initially filed in the district court on April 30, 2009 (ten years ago). The 9th circuit court of appeals tossed it on August 3, 2018. It is currently awaiting a decision on its cert petition.
Across the nation, well over 1,000 Second Amendment cases have been decided with finality in the Federal courts, nearly all of them while any of the three cases above have languished in the courts.
I stopped tracking the time between cases taken under submission for a decision in Second Amendment cases but I suspect the 9th circuit court of appeals still holds the record for the shortest time, which was two days. Proof that the 9th circuit can issue a decision quickly when it wants to.
I suspect that the overall "winner" is the ~15-year long nunchuck case out of New York. That case was reversed and remanded by SCOTUS nine years ago and just recently won before the Federal district court judge.
"Fast track" is not a term I would use.
How old is Mr. Young?
Mark Baird, who recently filed his own California Open Carry lawsuit (albeit limited to handguns) is 69 years old the last time I heard.
At 59 years of age, I am the spring chicken of the three carry cases.