Concealed Carry Permit Applications Soar in California After Ninth Circuit Second Amendment Decision
February 28, 2014 - 8:56 am
A couple of weeks ago, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Second Amendment is settled law, and California’s laws on concealed firearm carry were overly restrictive. The ruling essentially turned California into a “shall issue” state, at least until the Democrat-owned legislature and Gov. Brown can figure out how to thwart the ruling.
Look what’s happening in California now.
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.
Orange and Ventura counties have dropped the “good cause” standard for issuing conceal carry permits after the requirement was struck down Feb. 13 by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeal. A three-judge panel of the court ruled 2 to 1 that the Second Amendment bars California counties from requiring law-abiding gun owners who want to carry concealed firearms to demonstrate special, individualized needs for protection.
More than 500 applications have poured in to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in just two weeks — roughly the total number of applications filed in 2013, a spokesman said. Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens announced on the department’s website that the county will comply with the federal court’s order immediately, sparking the wave of applications.
The Brady gun-grabbers aren’t happy about all this. Thinking about their unhappiness with law-abiding Americans exercising their fundamental rights for the first time is a nice way to prepare yourself for a fine weekend.
California is appealing the case, but the Second Amendment is settled law. Democrats should stop trying to change it.
h/t Hot Air