A divided federal appeals court has struck down California's concealed weapons rules, saying they violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said California is wrong to require applicants to show good cause to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The court ruled that all law-abiding citizens are entitled to carry concealed weapons outside the home for self-defense purposes.
The divided three judge panel disagreed with two other federal appeals courts that have upheld permit rules similar to California's.
The U.S. Supreme Court often takes cases when federal appeals courts issue conflicting rulings.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that law-abiding citizens can keep handguns in the home for self-defense purposes, but didn't address whether that right extends outside the home.UCLA law professor Adam Winkler, Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America implicitly blamed anti-gun activists for pushing through a state law of dubious constitutionality.
Gun control advocates in CA didn't want openly displayed, unloaded guns in Starbucks. Now far more guns in Starbucks only hidden. Congrats!- Adam Winkler (@adamwinkler) February 13, 2014
Today's concealed carry case tees up issue for #Scotus. Now a clear split in circuits over right to carry in public & licensing requirements- Adam Winkler (@adamwinkler) February 13, 2014
Via The San Francisco Chronicle, and Politix.