9th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Against Concealed Carry

Though the Supreme Court is probably reluctant to take on another gun case at the moment, this case is headed that way. In a ruling that reverses a previous ruling by a smaller, three-judge panel, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that a California law requiring “good cause” to apply for concealed carry permits should stand, and also said the Second Amendment does not apply to concealed carry.

By a vote of 7-4, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld a California law that requires gun owners to show a good reason before they can get a license to carry a concealed handgun.

“The protection of the Second Amendment — whatever the scope of that protection may be — simply does not extend to the carrying of concealed firearms in public by members of the general public.”

The court declined to say whether the Constitution protects openly carrying a gun in public. It said that question was not at issue in the case.

Gun owners in two California counties challenged the requirement that they show “good cause,” as defined by county sheriffs, before they could get concealed carry permits.

A dissent by one of the judges was pretty direct – this ruling is in direct opposition to the meaning of the Second Amendment.

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