In an astonishing ruling that should be considered an affront to gun owners, gun rights advocates, Constitutional scholars, and even English and reading comprehension teachers, the liberal-leaning 9th Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled that the Second Amendment, despite its clear wording, does not protect the right of individuals to carry a concealed weapon for the purpose of self-defense.
An 11-judge panel voted 7-4 to uphold an anti-gun law in California that requires those seeking a concealed carry permit to show a “good reason” above and beyond their natural right of self-defense in order to be approved for the carry permit, despite a federal judge recently striking down an almost identical law in Washington, D.C.
In essence, the 9th Circuit justices just gave their blessing to a de facto ban on concealed carry at the state and county level in the nine states under their jurisdiction, those states being: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
But that decision isn’t sitting well with Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, who denounced the court’s ruling immediately after it was issued, according to Alabama Today.
“The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held today that residents have no Second Amendment right to carry a firearm outside their home for self-defense,” Strange in a statement. “In effect, the appeals court ruled that San Diego County can outlaw guns outside the home by declining to issue anyone a permit. This court’s decision is a direct challenge to the Second Amendment and is unconstitutional.”
Strange knows what he is talking about, as he filed a friend of the court brief, joined by 20 other states, challenging the de facto ban in the original case this ruling stems from, Peruta v. San Diego County.
Strange’s brief stated, “San Diego County sheriff’s prohibition on the possession of a handgun outside the home, with limited exceptions, makes it impossible for citizens to use them for the core lawful purpose of self-defense and is hence unconstitutional.
“The sheriff’s department admits that, under this system, the typical person cannot qualify for a concealed carry permit for personal protection,” the brief continued. “In fact, an applicant must specifically demonstrate ‘a set of circumstances that distinguish the applicant from the mainstream and causes him or her to be placed in harm’s way. Simply fearing for one’s personal safety alone is not considered ‘good cause.’”
The brief ultimately determined that, should the San Diego County restrictions be allowed to stand, “bearing arms in self-defense is not a right, but a privilege granted by the government to those it deems most in danger from a specific, previously documented threat.”
We know that the Second Amendment is not a government-granted privilege, but a pre-existing natural right that is guaranteed and protected by the Constitution. This gross infringement upon our gun rights must not be allowed to stand.
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