A federal court ruled against concealed carry. Is it actually a right? | The Tylt
A San Francisco based federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that the Second Amendment of the Constitution does not guarantee the right to concealed carry in public places. The ruling overturned an earlier decision regarding a California law which requires those who seek to conceal carry demonstrate “good cause” for the need to carry a gun.
The Ninth Circuit ruled:
Based on the overwhelming consensus of historical sources, we conclude that the protection of the Second Amendment — whatever the scope of that protection may be — simply does not extend to the carrying of concealed firearms in public by members of the general public.
Guns rights advocates are up in arms over the decision, saying the ruling is making it harder for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves. It’s simply a matter of self-protection. Those who follow the law and buy guns the proper way have already shown that they are law-abiding citizens. We cannot stop criminals from breaking the law and arming ourselves, but we can protect ourselves.
Furthermore, as Forbes contributor Frank Miniter argues the decision ignores the plain language present in the constitution.
The Second Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights says, “…the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” As used here, the word “bear” is a synonym for “carry.” The U.S. Supreme Court ruled as much in Heller: “[a]t the time of the founding, as now, to ‘bear’ means to ‘carry.’”
For gun control advocates, the calculus is simple. Increased scrutiny and a higher bar to carry guns will lower the amount of guns circulating in public. While the good-guy-with-the-gun argument is a nice thought and all, it doesn’t always translate into reality.
And for some, the idea that any person on the street may be carrying a weapon capable of killing you on the spot is just as scary as the idea that no one on the street is carrying a weapon for self-defense.
Does the Second Amendment guarantee the #Right2SelfDefense or should we #LimitConcealedCarry?
A federal court ruled against concealed carry. Is it actually a right?
Can't stress this enough, the people with concealed carry permits don't ever pull the thing out. Like, never. Unless the worst happens.— ㅤㅤ (@qoxdoxobxop) June 10, 2016
How can they justify self defense as not a good enough reason for a concealed carry permit?— Courtney Ball (@THECourtneyBall) June 9, 2016
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