We have great news on the concealed carry front out of California this afternoon as the U.S. Court of Appeals shot down Attorney General Kamala Harris’s attempt to rehear (and overturn) Peruta V. San Diego County.
Peruta struck down the restrictive “good cause” provision of the concealed carry policy of San Diego County.
A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals voted 2-1 today to deny a bid by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, a gun control organization and two police lobbying groups to challenge the court’s February ruling that any responsible, law-abiding citizen is entitled under the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment to possess a concealed firearm in public for self-defense. Harris may appeal the decision. Her spokesman, David Beltran, said the office is reviewing it.
The panel ruled in February that San Diego County’s process for determining who qualifies for a permit to carry a concealed weapon violates the right to bear arms. California’s concealed-carry laws are among the most stringent in the U.S.
The ruling means that California will effectively become “shall issue,” and must issue concealed carry permits to otherwise qualified applicants who had previously been stopped by the unevenly applied “good cause” provisions.
The number of concealed carry permits in California is now expected to surge massively to nearly two million licensed concealed carriers.