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Appeals Court: You Do NOT Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Weapon

Appeals Court: You Do NOT Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Weapon

According to the Ninth Cricuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, the 2nd Amendment does NOT guarantee the right carry a concealed weapon in public. This decision, made by an 11 judge 8th circuit panel, overturned a 2014 ruling by a smaller 9th circuit court, where residents sued over the denial of concelealed carry permits by a San Diego sheriff. The vote was 7-4.

California law prohibits people from carrying concealed weapons in public without such a permit. One must show good cause and good character and a certiificate from a training course to get one. The San Diego sheriff was even more stringent requiring a restraining order against possible attackers to show good cause. 

Attorney for the residents bringing the suit, Paul Clement argued the self defence standard should be sufficient to grant a concealed carry permit, and any more violates the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

The 9th circuit, which overseas 15 judicial districts, including Arizona, Alaska, Nevada, Hawaii, and California, ruled:

“Based on the overwhelming consensus of historical sources, we conclude that 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.”

This is a major victory for gun control advocates, imposing major restrictions to concealed carry permits at the whim of local government. This is not unexpected given the location and character of the court.

On Thursday, shortly after the ruling was announced, Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted:

“Come and take it.”

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  1. Phil in TX

    On Thursday, shortly after the ruling was announced, Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted:
    “Come and take it.”
    Thank you Governor Abbott. We need more politicians that understand the real meaning of the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment does not “grant” any rights. The right to “keep and bear arms” is a God given right and the Second Amendment only codifies that right with the phrase “shall not be infringed”. If you don’t like that, you are very welcome to move to Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia or perhaps Venezuela.
    Phil in TX

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  2. Kurt Walker

    The people of California may abide by these idiots ruling. But not this individual. I’ve served in combat for this nation, I am a solid law abiding citizen up to this point. But I agree totally with Governor Abbot. After what I have been through in the past I’m not going to allow some street punk to take anything from me or my family. So that Court of Appeals can #$#%!!

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  3. Alfred Kneer

    We must get rid of all those senile old judges. They have too much power. Love, Old Freddie!

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