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    Appeals Court Upholds Limits On 'Concealed Carry'
    States may enact limits on gun owners seeking concealed carry permits, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

    By Alan Neuhauser | Staff Writer June 9, 2016, at 3:40 p.m.



    The Second Amendment does not guarantee Americans the right to carry concealed handguns in public, a divided federal appeals court in California ruled Thursday in an apparent victory for gun-control advocates.

    The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, based in San Francisco, ruled en banc 7-4 to uphold a California law that requires residents to demonstrate "good cause" for carrying a concealed firearm. The decision overturned an earlier ruling by a three-judge panel of the federal appelate court.

    Under state law, personal safety alone is not sufficient for obtaining a concealed carry license. Gun owners seeking concealed carry licenses in San Diego and Yolo counties had sought to overturn the measure.

    "We hold that the Second Amendment does not preserve or protect a right of a member of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public," Judge William A. Fletcher, wrote in his decision for the majority.

    While the Second Amendment may give Americans the right to openly carry a firearm in public, Fletcher added, the Supreme Court hasn't decided on the question, and lawmakers may still enact "any prohibition or restriction a state may choose" on wielding concealed handguns.

    Local laws have long restricted the the rights of gun owners, the court found, citing limits dating to medieval England and the founding of the republic. The Supreme Court also ruled in 1897, long after the adoption of the Second Amendment, that "the right of the people to bear arms is not infringed by laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons."


    The 9th Circuit covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. It joins the 2nd, 3rd and 4th circuits in upholding state limits on concealed carry licenses.

    The 7th Circuit, based in Chicago, reached the opposite conclusion, striking down a similar Illinois law in 2012.

    The Supreme Court has previously declined to take up restrictions on concealed firearms, but legal experts reportedly expect the high court to decide on the issue in light of the division between the lower courts.

    The Supreme Court in 2008 interpreted the Second Amendment as conveying an individual right to own a gun for self-defense within the home.

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