Thursday, February 13, 2014

California Gun Law Struck Down: Peruta v. County of San Diego

Breaking news in the California gun case of Peruta v. County of San Diego.

UCLA School of Law professor Eugene Volokh:
...today’s Ninth Circuit decision in Peruta v. County of San Diego (9th Cir. Feb. 13, 2014), concludes that California’s broad limits on both open and concealed carry of loaded guns “impermissibly infringe[] on the Second Amendment right to bear arms in lawful self-defense.”

...California law essentially leaves most law-abiding adults without the ability to carry guns in public for effective self-defense, period. People are barred from carrying guns either openly or concealed. It is this broad policy that the majority holds unconstitutional.

... The court also dismissed the argument that the California scheme is saved by the fact that people might get concealed carry licenses if they show “good cause” to the satisfaction of the police department, or by the fact that there are some other exceptions
If this goes to appeal and is upheld, it should invalidate Hawaii's de facto ban on carrying. We have to demonstrate 'extraordinary circumstances' in order to be considered for a concealed carry license (open carry is a felony), and so far as I know, none such have occurred in at least 15 years. In the entire state.

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