In a 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. The ruling could force local governments across California to revisit the way they license handguns.
Acting on a 2009 law suit, a three member panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that San Diego County’s restrictions infringed on citizens’ Constitutional 2nd Amendment rights to bear arms.
Liberal run California is doing everything it can to force restrictive gun laws on its citizens. One state law largely bans the open carrying of firearms in public. Combine that law with the San Diego County “good cause” rules, and residents are effectively barred from carrying a gun altogether, the panel said.
“In California, the only way that the typical, responsible, law-abiding citizen can carry a weapon in public for the lawful purpose of self-defense is with a concealed-carry permit. And, in San Diego County, that option has been taken off the table,” Justice Thomas O’Scannlain wrote in the 77 page opinion for the majority.
California, with some of the nation’s strictest gun laws, allows residents to carry a concealed weapon if they meet several requirements. Among these are: completing a training course, demonstrating good moral character, and establishing “good cause” to have the gun.
Interpretation of the statute is left up to individual jurisdictions, and San Diego County took one of the most restrictive by refusing to accept self-defense or concern for personal safety as a “good cause.” Applicants are required to demonstrate a special need or a specific risk in order to establish good cause.
Lawyers for both sides agreed that the “Landmark Ruling,” if upheld, would force cities and counties across the state to issue permits to anyone who met the other requirements and who sought to carry a concealed weapon for self-defense.
“The 9th Circuit confirmed that the government no longer gets to pick and choose which law-abiding citizens may exercise their constitutional right to carry a firearm for self-defense,” said attorney Chuck Michel, who represented the plaintiffs challenging San Diego’s restrictions in the case. “This is a landmark ruling for the state of California. No longer will criminals have the security of knowing that their victims are defenseless in public.”