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Federal Appeals Court Rules Americans Don’t Have Right to Concealed Carry

In a dubious, and ground breaking, decision an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that individuals do not have a Second Amendment right to carry concealed weapons in public.

9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Thursday on the Edward Peruta v. County of San Diego case which revolved around California’s concealed carry laws. California state law requires applicants to show “good cause,” such as a fear of personal safety,  in order to to carry a concealed firearm. The plaintiff Edward Peruta challenged the “good cause” stipulation on the grounds that carrying a firearm for self defense was protected under the 2nd Amendment.

However, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco did not agree, and they ruled 7-4 to uphold the law requiring “good cause”. In an almost shocking majority opinion the court said that “The right of a member of the general public to carry a concealed firearm in public is not, and never has been, protected by the Second Amendment. Therefore, because the Second Amendment does not protect in any degree the right to carry concealed firearms in public, any prohibition or restriction a state may choose to impose on concealed carry”.

This decision seems to contradict previous supreme court rulings and it will most likely be challenged and settled by a new Supreme Court ruling.

Here is summary of the ruling. You can read the entire document here 

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