Court overturns concealed-carry rule in blow to California gun law

A federal appeals court on Thursday struck down a requirement by San Diego County that residents show “good cause” to carry a concealed firearm, a ruling that could force local governments across California to revisit the way they license handguns.

A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, acting on a 2009 lawsuit, ruled in a 2-1 decision that San Diego County’s restrictions amounted to an unconstitutional infringement on citizens’ Second Amendment rights to bear arms.

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In dissenting from the majority opinion, 9th Circuit Justice Sidney Thomas wrote that the U.S. Supreme Court had found it constitutional to place restrictions on carrying concealed weapons in public.

He said the 9th Circuit panel’s majority went beyond the legal questions posed in the lawsuit to render a ruling that “not only strikes down San Diego County’s concealed carry policy, but upends the entire California firearm regulatory scheme.”

– We know now which one to try for treason and execute. Some good news for once…

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