The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the Second Amendment protects the right to carry a gun openly in public for self-defense.
A divided three-judge panel ruled in favor of gun owner George Young, who argued his constitutional rights had been violated when his application for a license to carry a handgun publicly was denied.
“Once identified as an individual right focused on self-defense, the right to bear arms must guarantee some right to self-defense in public,” Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain wrote for the majority. “While the concealed carry of firearms categorically falls outside such protection, we are satisfied that the Second Amendment encompasses a right to carry a firearm openly in public for self-defense.”
With its ruling, the San Francisco-based court, considered to be the country’s most liberal circuit court, reversed an earlier ruling from the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, which sided with the state and county.
Just days before digital blueprints that would allow people to 3D print firearms are set to go live online, the State Department is defending the move to allow their publication, even as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised to look into the issue.
^Hallelujah! It's gratifying to see such wisdom emanating from the bench...and I am now no longer a criminal in my home state! I can be almost certain there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth on the editorial pages of the Los Angeles Times tomorrow!
^The far left has never really been anti-gun. I can recall asking the presidential candidate of the Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party in 1968 what her views on gun control were. She was against it--"disarming the working class."
The article is somewhat murky on some of the history. "May issue" concealed carry permits are not a recent phenomenon. They originated in the 1920s. They gave the cops total control over who may or may not carry a gun. In most big-city jurisdictions, this pretty much degenerated into "Won't Issue" policies (as might be expected in a police state). Hence in recent decades we have seen the displacement of "may issue" by "shall issue" in more enlightened and freedom loving jurisdictions.
^I'm surprised the cop was still carrying a revolver. So few do these days. Mediocre to poor looking strippers, I'd say. One of them was passable, the other...well, I'm surprised she got the job. Back when I used to frequent those joints in my wayward younger days 40-50 years ago, some of the most beautiful women I have ever seen were strippers, others I'd have paid to keep their clothes on!