Federal court rules against concealed carry permits

second-amendment1The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the Second Amendment does not afford Americans the right to a concealed weapons permit, according to a Fox News report.

Washington state resident Gray Peterson filed a lawsuit against Denver and its Department of Public Safety, claiming that being denied a concealed weapons permit because he was not a Colorado resident violated his Second Amendment right to bear arms. A federal judge tossed out Peterson’s lawsuit in 2011, and Peterson appealed.

While Colorado recognizes weapons permits issued by other states, Washington state is not one of them because it does not recognize Colorado permits.

Colorado Attorney General’s Office spokeswoman Carolyn Tyler said the agency was “gratified that the 10th Circuit Court has upheld Colorado state law.”

The three-judge panel cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, saying:

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms is not infringed by laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons.”

“In light of our nation’s extensive practice of restricting citizen’s freedom to carry firearms in a concealed manner, we hold that this activity does not fall within the scope of the Second Amendment’s protections,” the judges ruled.

Peterson, who had permits from Florida and Washington, said he needed to carry a firearm during his visits to Denver, according to the report.

Read the entire Fox News report here.

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.


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