Posted June 9, 2016 3:29 pm by Comments

By Bob Owens

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, long derided as the “Ninth Circus” for their out-of-the-mainstream views, has decided that the basic human right to armed self-defense does not apply in much of the western United States, at least until a higher court overrides them.

Americans have no Second Amendment right to carry concealed guns in public, a federal appeals court in California ruled on Thursday in a significant blow to gun-rights activists and gun owners in a large swath of the Western U.S.

The San Francisco-based Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 7-4 ruling, upheld a California law requiring residents to show “good cause” for carrying a concealed handgun.

“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,” wrote Judge William A. Fletcher, an appointee of President Bill Clinton, for the seven-judge majority.

Lawmakers are free to enact “any prohibition or restriction a state may choose” on the carrying of concealed guns, Judge Fletcher said.

A Second Amendment right to carry a firearm openly in public may exist, but the Supreme Court hasn’t answered that question, Judge Fletcher wrote.

California’s current concealed carry laws …Read the Rest

Source:: Bearing Arms

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