SMACKDOWN! Appeals Court Paves Way For Almost 2 Million Concealed Carry Permits in CA

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. … 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. … 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…

California Concealed Carry Case Petitions U.S. Supreme Court

Now, with the important question of what it means to "bear arms" before the court, the need to fill Justice Scalia's vacant seat on the Court with a justice who understands the original meaning of the Second Amendment is more important than ever before. … In their request to SCOTUS, the petitioners ask "whether the Second Amendment entitles ordinary, law-abiding citizens to carry handguns outside the home for self-defense in some manner, including concealed carry when open carry is forbidden by state law. … California made history in 2014 when three judges of the Ninth Circuit ruled that the San Diego County's restrictive "good cause" policy regarding the issuance of a concealed carry permits violated the Second Amendment…

Concealed carry permit applications swamp Orange County Sheriff after Peruta decision

In less than two weeks, the Orange County Sheriff's Department has received more than 500 applications for concealed-weapon permits – about the same number of applications received in all of 2013. … People are applying for concealed-weapon permits in droves in Orange County, after a federal court ruled Californians don't have to justify their need for the permit. … After the 9th Circuit's appeals court ruling that struck down the "good cause" standard used by several California counties, Orange County adopted a policy that is de facto "shall issue," and the response has been tremendous…

San Diego will not appeal 9th Circuit Court Decision

Most rural counties issue permits to anyone who claims a need for self-defense, but urban counties - including San Diego, the sole defendant in the suit - require applicants to show a special need for a handgun. … Although state Attorney General Kamala Harris or the court itself could still intervene, the decision by Sheriff Bill Gore increases the possibility of a proliferation of handguns on the streets of San Francisco and other urban areas that now severely restrict them. … In an unexpected action, the San Diego County sheriff said Friday he will not seek a rehearing of last week's federal appeals court ruling that would eliminate most local restrictions on concealed-weapons permits in California…

Crazed Court: Your Right To Armed Self Defense Stops At Your Front Door

By holding that the state has the right to deprive you of concealed carry on a whim, and holding that the state's laws against open carry have likewise not been successfully overturned by a higher court, they've effectively decided that you do not have any right at all carry a firearm for your self defense outside of your home. … According to this excretable panel of jurists, the "may issue" permitting scheme that results in what is practically a "no issue" policy in many of California's most dangerous counties means that there is not right to bear arms outside of your home in California, as California Penal Code 26350 (outlawing even empty-gun open carry) makes it illegal to open carry in the state as well. … The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, long derided as the "Ninth Circus" for their out-of-the-mainstream views, has decided that the basic human right to armed self-defense does not apply in much of the western United States, at least until a higher court overrides them…

Prof. Malcolm: ‘Shall issue’ ruling changes Cali in favor of gun owners

"All people have to do is apply for an application, a certificate and show that they're a law-abiding citizen and of decent moral character, and have some sort of safety experience and training with guns--they are going to have to be given a right to carry," she said. … Malcolm said the ruling is the end of the judicial road for California officials hostile to gun rights because the only court senior to the Appeals Court is the Supreme Court and the high court, which seems satisfied with its work on gun rights and not looking to weigh in again soon. … "What it means is that California will join the great majority of states in having 'shall issue' issue concealed carry," said Professor Joyce Malcolm, The Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia…

Letter from California: Battle for gun rights continues in San Diego County, Sunnyvale

While California has some of the strictest handgun laws in the nation, those in favor of upholding the Second Amendment view Sunnyvale's ordinance as nothing more than a violation of the Constitution which needs to be righted. … An NRA lawyer representing Fyock said nearly half of ammunition magazines in circulation outside of California are capable of holding more than 10 rounds and that anyone driving through Sunnyvale would be at risk of criminal penalties if they are in possession of these magazines. … Mountain View, San Francisco and Los Angeles are also looking to pass a similar ordinance but are waiting to see what happens with Sunnyvale's ordinance, which is now pending before the 9th Circuit…

New Case Challenges California’s Near-Complete Ban On Carrying Guns For Self-Defense

If we decide that we won't vote because we don't like our options and because You Know Who has no real campaign or "get out the vote" game, then the criminal is going to victory cackle the night of Tuesday, November 8, and start planning how she's going to attack the Protection of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act (PLCAA), get it repealed, and sue the gun and ammunition industries out of business. … Gun-rights advocates filed a sweeping new legal challenge Wednesday to California's open-carry restrictions -- arguing a recent court decision effectively denies residents "their fundamental rights to bear arms" and contradicts a landmark Supreme Court ruling on the Second Amendment. … The infamously liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (AKA, the "Ninth Circus") painted themselves into a constitutional corner recently when the full court overturned a three-judge panel and rendered the decision that denying a concealed-carry license does not violate Second Amendment rights…

Court Says Californians Need to Cool Off After Gun Buy

In December, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals bizarrely ruled that even a person legally carrying a concealed handgun as he buys another gun at retail needs to be 'cooled off' for another 10 days before exercising his Second Amendment rights and taking possession of a constitutionally-protected firearm. … com, in the most recent ruling, 9th Circuit Judge Mary Schroeder contradicted Ishii saying someone who already owns a hunting rifle may want to buy a larger-capacity weapon that will do more damage when fired into a crowd. … The Court agreed the waiting period violated the Second Amendment rights of individuals who successfully pass the standard background check and who are in lawful possession of an additional firearm, possess a Certificate of Eligibility, or have a CCW…

Orange Co. Sheriff changes concealed carry permitting to de facto “shall issue” in wake of Peruta

Previously, applicants were required to prove "good cause," a standard that typically limited concealed weapons in Orange County to people who carry large sums of cash or valuables, or who could prove an existing mortal threat. … The Orange County sheriff loosened requirements Wednesday for obtaining a concealed-weapons permit in light of a recent federal appellate court decision that deemed many urban counties in California to be overly restrictive in saying who can and can't carry a concealed weapon. … The Orange County Sheriff's department is dropped the "good cause" requirement yesterday, and is adopting a policy that sounds a lot more like a voluntary "shall issue" process (my bold below)…