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F1rst Things F1rst:
C A L I F O R N I A :

9TH CIRCUIT
CONFIRMS RTC

AP PHOTO/CHARLES DHARAPAK

In a tremendous victory for the right to keep and bear arms, the 9th Circuit
Court of Appeals has confirmed that the Second Amendment protects an
individual right to carry firearms for self-defense in public.
The landmark decision came in the NRA-supported case of Peruta
v. County of San Diego, brought on behalf of the California Rifle and
Pistol Association Foundation and five
individuals who were denied carry
licenses by the San Diego Sheriff. In the
ruling, the federal court struck down a
San Diego County Sheriff's policy that
prevented most law-abiding adults from
getting a license to carry firearms.
California law generally prohibits the
carrying of firearms in public places,
but allows sheriffs and chiefs of police
to issue licenses to carry that exempt
people from that prohibition.
Although many rural California
counties accept self-defense as "good
cause" to get a license to carry, many
urban sheriffs and scores of urban
chiefs of police across California have
Paul Clement,
a policy, like that of San Diego Sheriff
Former Solicitor General
William Gore, that does not recognize
self-defense as sufficient "good cause" to get a license to carry. Under
this heightened standard, nearly all citizens are disqualified. So Sheriff
Gore's restrictive policy was essentially a ban on carrying firearms
outside the home.
Peruta was filed in the federal district court in October 2009. That
court upheld Sheriff Gore's policy as constitutional, so the plaintiffs
immediately appealed that decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The case got a great deal of attention when former Solicitor General Paul
Clement joined plaintiffs' legal team and argued eloquently on behalf of
gun owners.
In its Feb. 13 opinion reversing the district court's decision, the Court of
Appeals held that San Diego's "good cause" policy is unconstitutional, and
echoed the points made in the briefs and by Clement at oral argument-
that the government can ban open carry or concealed carry, but the
Second Amendment prohibits banning both.
Peruta was one of many cases that have been filed throughout the
country challenging the constitutionality of laws limiting the issuance of
licenses to carry firearms in public since the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed
in 2008 and 2010 that the Second Amendment prohibits state and local
governments from infringing on the right to keep and bear arms.
The cases decided since then have met with mixed results. But Peruta
is the first appellate decision to hold that licenses to carry cannot be
denied to law-abiding citizens just because they do not have a special
need to carry.



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