California’s attorney general on Thursday waded into a court fight over the state’s strict gun laws, asking an appeals court to reverse itself and restore the leeway local governments had to decide who can carry a concealed firearm.
A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, acting on a lawsuit by gun owners, earlier this month struck down as unconstitutional a requirement by San Diego County that residents show “good cause” to carry a concealed firearm.
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San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore has since said that he would not pursue further appeals in the case. But on Thursday, Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a petition asking the full 9th Circuit court to overturn the panel.
Update: Naturally, the appeal was granted:
The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Friday granted a request by California Attorney General Kamala Harris and a gun control group to put on hold a 2-1 decision by three of its judges that some of the state’s permitting requirements infringed on the right to bear arms under the Constitution’s Second Amendment.
“If allowed to take effect, it could require officials throughout the state to treat a bare assertion that an applicant seeks to carry a gun for purposes of self-defense as good cause for issuing concealed-carry permits,” Harris said in a court filing.
Related: From Fox News:
Gun owners are flooding the sheriff’s offices in two California counties with applications for concealed weapon permits following a bombshell ruling two weeks ago by a federal appeals court that citizens need not justify their requests.
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