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SCOTUS Declines to Hear Gun Case, Leaves in Place Concealed-Carry Restriction

The Supreme Court denied certiorari to the case of Peruta v. California on Monday, declining to hear the case over whether restrictions on citizens’ ability to carry concealed weapons in public for self-defense violated the Second Amendment. The case centered on San Diego County’s interpretation of the phrase “good cause,” which is necessary for people in California to acquire a license to carry concealed firearms in public. The Sheriff’s interpretation is that someone would need “a particularized need, substantiated by documentary evidence” to get such a license. The plaintiffs felt that because the average, law-abiding person did not meet the requirement, San Diego overstepped their Second Amendment rights.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals already ruled in favor of the State, essentially saying that it’s not a constitutional right to possess a concealed weapon in public. By refusing to hear the case, the Supreme Court is leaving the Ninth Circuit’s ruling in place.

Justices Clarence Thomas and  Neil Gorsuch dissented, feeling the Court should have heard the case.

 

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