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Federal Court Rules Concealed Guns are Not a Constitutional Right

Federal Court Rules Concealed Guns are Not a Constitutional Right

Americans have the “Right to Bear Arms”, as stated in the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution but what exactly does that right cover?

On Thursday, June 9th the Federal Appeals court said that carrying a concealed weapon in public for self-defense is not protected under the second amendment.

Those who request a concealed weapons permit must prove good cause which may include an above normal risk of danger to the person requesting. State officials in California said that the concern would be that allowing too many to concealed weapon permits can increase the risk to the safety of both law enforcement and civilians.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service research indicates that firearms, mostly stolen, are used in around 60 percent of all murders in the United States. These weapons are also the cause of thousands of injuries.

Arguments went before the 11-judge 9th Circuit panel with the argument being that the right to self-defense should be enough to qualify for a conceal and carry permit under the United States Constitution 2nd Amendment.

The State of California does not permit conceal and carry without a permit, eligibility for these permits requires training, good moral character and “good cause”.


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  • Jeffery Scism

    January 1, 2012, according to California open carry laws under California Penal Code 26350 PC, it is a crime to openly carry any firearm in public, even if the gun is unloaded. Apply this FACT to this new ruling and it effectively obliterates all forms of carry.

    In California, Open carry is banned. Under this ruling Concealed carry has extreme requirements that are time consuming, expensive, and difficult to satisfy. Additionally local authorities may simply deny the issuance because they feel “you do not need it”.

    Previous Supreme Court rulings indicate that if a state denies open carry they HAVE to permit concealed carry, otherwise they negate the complete second Amendment. The fact that open carry is allowed permits states to restrict concealed carry and visa versa.

    This ruling creates a COMPLETE infringement.