The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that there is no constitutional right for a US citizen to carry a concealed weapon. In a 7-4 decision, the judges upheld the California law that said gun owners wishing to carry a concealed weapon in public, must show “good cause”.
The majority opinion, authored by Judge William Fletcher, read, “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.” This is a pretty amazing pronouncement, and a direct limiting in scope of our Constitutional rights.
Writing for the dissent, Judge Callahan wrote, “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.” If contested, the case could be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States.
So what constitutes “good cause”? Ultimately that meaning will determine the scope of the infringement on our Second Amendment rights. One of the factors for determining “good cause” is “fear for safety.” This is the cause that allows many celebrities to be granted a concealed carry permit. Ironically, celebrities are some of the biggest proponents of limiting gun rights.
This decision is a win for gun control advocates who are lauding the ruling, while gun rights activists will need to pay attention to where this decision goes from here.
We’ll see where this goes. Every time there is a tragic event involving a gun, the Left uses it to push for tougher gun laws. It is quite amazing that they don’t see the difference between the “gun” and the “gun user.” Stay tuned to us here for the latest details!