The federal appeals court in San Francisco came to a ruling on Thursday that will surly be debated and appealed.
The federal appeals court ruled that carrying a concealed firearm is not a constitutional right.
The 11 judges of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 7-4 in favor to uphold the state law requiring a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
In California, that requires the applicant to show “good cause” of why they will need to carry a concealed gun. If you fear for your life you can get a permit, but not if you want to carry in case something bad happens.
The ruling makes a stand against the Second Amendment and says that concealed weapons are not covered by the Constitution.
Judge William Flether wrote in the majority opinion, “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.”
One of the main reasons that the ruling came down against the concealed carry was because California officials were worried that less restrictive gun laws would put more law enforcement officials in danger.
Other states do not feel the same way. Of the fifty states, only Arizona, Alaska, Kansas, Wyoming, Vermont and Maine do not have laws on the books regulating the concealment of weapons.
With the new ruling, gun rights activists like the NRA are going to try and push the fight all the way to the Supreme Court.
If this case does make it to the Supreme Court, then this is one of those times that Justice Scalia will be missed.
What do you think? Does the second amendment cover the right to carry a concealed weapon?