Court infringes on “… the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”
In a 7 – 4 ruling issued Thursday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, firearm owners have no constitutional right to carry a concealed gun in public. The court said officials need only grant permits to those with “good cause,” such as facing a specific danger.
The decision of the San Francisco based court — the most reversed court in the nation — is viewed as a victory by gun control advocates and sets a legal precedent in western states — Arizona among them. This decision by the full 9th Circuit reversed a 2 – 1 decision in 2014 by a 3-judge panel of the appellate court that found California residents have an inherent right to a concealed weapon for self defense.
It was called the Second Amendment.
But Judge William Fletcher thinks differently. “We hold that the Second Amendment does not protect, in any degree, the carrying of concealed firearms by members of the general public,” Judge Fletcher wrote in the 52-page opinion. San Diego and Yolo counties’ interpretation of “good cause” is a focal point in this case. Both counties define “good cause” as requiring a particular need.
The en banc court (entire bench — signifying a particularly important issue) affirmed the district courts’ judgments and held that there is no Second Amendment right for members of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public. Several residents who live in San Diego and Yolo Counties, sought to carry concealed firearms in public for self-defense, but were denied licenses to do so because they did not satisfy the “good cause” requirements in their counties. Under California law, an applicant for a license must show, among other things, “good cause” to carry a concealed firearm. California law authorizes county sheriffs to establish and publish policies defining good cause. Those seeking the permits contend that San Diego and Yolo Counties’ published policies defining good cause violate their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
If you’re interested in time traveling to scrutinizing English law in 1299 when Edward I directed the sheriffs of Safford and Shalop to prohibit anyone from “going armed within the realm without the king’s special licence,” this opinion is for you.
If you’d like to know why Juan Francisco Sanchez, an illegal alien deported five times, was able to secure a gun to murder Kate Steinle as she strolled on the San Francisco pier with her father, but her father couldn’t have defended himself and his daughter, ask the black robes in San Francisco — a sanctuary city.
The same sanctuary city is where illegal alien gang member Edwin Ramos shot and killed Tony Bologna 48, a father of four and two of his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16 in a case of mistaken identity — as they were returning from a family barbecue. Ramos was identified as having murdered previously.
These two cases, among many, illustrate “good cause” for concealed carry.
It’s called a fighting chance.