Of all places, a court in San Francisco has decided in favor of a citizen’s right to carry a concealed firearm.
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a requirement by San Diego County that residents show “good cause” to carry a concealed firearm was in violation of the Second Amendment of the Constitution, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
In a 2-1 decision, the most liberal circuit in the country dealt a major blow to the way local governments in California license handguns by ruling that law-abiding citizens must be allowed to carry concealed firearms.
The ruling requires local governments “to issue permits to anyone of good moral character who wants to carry a concealed gun for self-protection,” as explained by the Chronicle.
“The right to bear arms includes the right to carry an operable firearm outside the home for the lawful purpose of self-defense,” Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain wrote in the majority opinion.
California has a state law against the open carrying of firearms in public, but the permit process for concealed firearms was left up to each city and county, with applicants required to “demonstrate good cause, as well as good moral character,” the Chronicle reported.
O’Scannlain said that “the only way that the typical, responsible, law-abiding citizen can carry a weapon in public for the lawful purpose of self-defense is with a concealed carry permit, and San Diego County took this option “off the table.”
San Diego County is considering an appeal. Similar laws have been upheld by other appellate courts around the country, and the issue is likely to find its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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