Unlike most other states, California’s state constitution doesn’t even address possession of guns. It doesn’t grant its citizens the right to bear arms. You’d think the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution addresses that issue enough to apply to all states, but that’s one issue where liberals blithely bring up the importance of states’ rights.
In some California counties, it’s next to impossible to obtain a gun permit. In order to get a carry concealed weapon license (CCW), you have to convince the police department in your interview with them that you actually have “good cause” to carry a gun. Saying that you need one for general self-defense or bringing up the 2nd Amendment is not good enough. Your life has to be in imminent danger, and you have to be able to prove it to them.
Those gun control laws have now been invalidated. According to Breitbart, The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed with them and declared them unconstitutional:
In a 2-1 decision issued on February 13th, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled “San Diego County violates the Constitution’s Second Amendment by requiring residents to show ‘good cause'” before being allowed “to obtain a concealed carry permit.”
The court ruled that the right to keep and bear arms is, in and of itself, a sufficient cause for bearing arms for self-defense. Moreover, it is a sufficient cause both inside and outside of one’s domicile.
According to SFGate, Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain’s majority opinion emphasized “the right to bear arms includes the right to carry an operable arm outside the home for the lawful purpose of self-defense.”
He said the Second Amendment must be read as including “the right to carry weapons outside the home” because “the risk of armed confrontation” is in no way limited to one’s home. He supported his points by citing the examples of “a woman toting a small handgun in her purse as she walks through a dangerous neighborhood or a night-shift worker carrying a handgun in his coat as he travels to and from his job site.”
O’Scannlain “disagreed with federal appeals courts that have upheld [similar] requirements” in states like New York and New Jersey, where citizens also have to show “good cause” to get a concealed permit.
This is good news. Hopefully, more Californians (preferably the law-abiding ones) will be able to carry concealed weapons to protect themselves and their families from violent criminals.