The Ninth Circuitâ€™s decision in Peruta v. San Diego, released minutes ago, affirms the right of law-abiding citizens to carry handguns for lawful protection in public.
California law has a process for applying for a permit to carry a handgun for protection in public, with requirements for safety training, a background check, and so on. These requirements were not challenged. The statute also requires that the applicant have â€śgood cause,â€ť which was interpreted by San Diego County to mean that the applicant is faced with current specific threats. (Not all California counties have this narrow interpretation.) The Ninth Circuit, in a 2-1 opinion written by Judge Oâ€™Scannlain, ruled that Peruta was entitled to Summary Judgement, because the â€śgood causeâ€ť provision violates the Second Amendment.
This certainly has ramifications for gun holders in “may issue” states such as NY and NJ.
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