A federal appeals court has just ruled that the Constitution does not guarantee the right to carry a concealed weapon in public.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the decision of a three-judge panel and ruled on Thursday that counties in California have the right to require that people applying for a concealed carry permit provide a specific reason for why they need to carry a concealed gun in public.
The 2nd Amendment does not preserve or protect a right of a member of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public,” the court ruled, 7-4.
The 9th Circuit issued a ruling in February 2014, striking down the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s policy that concealed carry applicants show “good cause” why they need the permit. This ruling declared the policy to be over restrictive. The federal appeals court that ruled today, which consists of an 11 judge panel, took up the case when Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris appealed the 2014 ruling.
The dissenting judges argued that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to carry a gun in public for defense and because California does not allow open carry, the counties must allow people to carry concealed weapons.
The majority ruled that the Second Amendment “may or may not protect to some degree a right of a member of the general public to carry a firearm openly.” However, if that right does exist, they said it was not the right to carry a concealed weapon but only to carry a gun openly, and that issue was not before the court.
You should prepare yourself now for the right-wing gun-nut freak-out that is sure to commence at any moment. Obviously, in their warped opinion, this will be proof that Hillary Clinton is coming to take away their guns since Obama never quite got around to it.
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