Supreme Court kicks California ‘may-issue’ challenge down the road once more
By Chris Eger
The now fully-staffed U.S. Supreme Court did not act Monday on a legal challenge to how California grants concealed carry permits.
The case involves a San Diego man, Edward Peruta, whose saga to obtain a permit in that county started in 2009 and has been in federal court ever since his subsequent refusal because he could not show “good cause” as to why he felt the need to carry a gun. In the hands of the high court since January, Peruta has now been relisted twice and rescheduled four times without action.
Supporting the litigation since its arrival at the Supreme Court are briefs filed by 26 state attorneys general, nine governors, and a host of Second Amendment and conservative groups.
Rejected at first by a U.S. District Court, Peruta’s case drew national attention in 2014 when a split three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that self-defense was a good enough reason for granting a permit, stating that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to carry a gun in public.
As San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore, the defendant in the challenge, declined to appeal and other cases met with comparable results, it appeared that California’s strict “may-issue” policy of