Court strikes down concealed weapons rules in California

02/13/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

San Francisco – A federal appeals court struck down concealed weapons rules in the state of California on Thursday. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the three-judge panel determined that the rules violated the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

As noted in the report, the panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1, determining counties in the state were wrong to make is a requirement for law-abiding applicants to show “good cause” for receiving a concealed weapons permit aside from self-defense.

People in the state are not allowed to carry handguns in public if they do not hold a concealed-weapons permit.

Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain is quoted by the AP as writing for the majority, “The right to bear arms includes the right to carry an operable firearm outside the home for the lawful purpose of self-defense.”

Judge Sidney Thomas, who dissented, is further quoted as writing of the decision, “It limits the risk to public safety by reducing the number of guns in public circulation, but allows those who will most likely need to defend themselves in public to carry a handgun.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – California Legal News

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