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Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down concealed weapons rule

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a divided decision Thursday striking down California’s concealed weapons rules, saying they violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The decision was a 2-1 vote saying, “California was wrong to require applicants to show good cause to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The right to bear arms includes the right to carry an operable firearm outside the home for the lawful purpose of self-defense,” Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain wrote for the majority.

The dissenting decision was delivered by the lone vote Judge Sidney Thomas dissented, writing that “the good cause requirement limited the number of people carrying concealed handguns in public to those legitimately in need. It limits the risk to public safety by reducing the number of guns in public circulation, but allows those who will most likely need to defend themselves in public to carry a handgun."

If appealed, it would have to be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court on their discretion.

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