School elevates opposition to CNMI gun lawsuit

2:35 pm on 15 June 2016

The school group challenging a lawsuit on the Northern Marianas' gun laws has taken its appeal to a US federal court.

The Tanapag Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association gave notice of its appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The association wanted the federal court to reverse an order and ruling which favoured action brought by the US navy veteran David Radich and his wife.

Their lawsuit led to the CNMI's 40 year old Weapons Control Act being thrown out on constitutional grounds.

Attorney Joseph Horey.

Attorney Joseph Horey. Photo: Pacific Lawyers

The school group said they opposed the legalisation of handguns in the CNMI because they added a new and dangerous threat to students' welfare.

It's counsel Joseph Horey, argued if the court's decision in the Radich couple's lawsuit was allowed to remain in force without appeal, the PTSA's ability to protect its interest in the "welfare of children and youth in home, school, and community would be permanently impeded."