If you didn’t already know how important judicial appointments are, now you do.
A federal appeals court out of San Francisco just ruled today that people do not have a right to carry a concealed weapon in public. This is a case that would likely end up before the Supreme Court.
The 11 judges on the panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court ruled 7-4 that citizens must show “good cause” to carry a firearm (such as a threat to safety), and the Second Amendment doesn’t provide for concealed carry.
This is horrible news, and President Barack Obama is smiling about this:
“We hold that the Second Amendment does not preserve or protect a right of a member of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public,” wrote Judge William Fletcher in the majority opinion.
If challenged, it could set up a Supreme Court battle.
Critics have long charged that the 9th Circuit has a history of liberal-leaning decisions. Thursday’s ruling overturns a 2014 ruling by a smaller panel, and resulted from a case in which a sheriff in San Diego County required applicants to show supporting documents, such as restraining orders against attackers, in order to get a permit.
Judge Consuelo M. Callahan, dissenting in Thursday’s ruling, said the restrictions were tantamount to an infringement of the Second Amendment rights of Americans.
“In the context of present-day California law, the Defendant counties’ limited licensing of the right to carry concealed firearms is tantamount to a total ban on the right of an ordinary citizen to carry a firearm in public for self-defense,” Callahan wrote.
Gun rights are essential to liberty, and the Founding Fathers would be outraged by this decision.
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