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Attorney General Appeals Concealed-Gun Ruling

If the Ninth Circuit's ruling is allowed to take effect, officials throughout the state could be required to issue concealed-carry permits based on nothing more than the applicant's assertion that they wish to carry a gun for self-defense.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

State Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a petition Thursday urging the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a ruling—rendered in a San Diego-area lawsuit—that loosened restrictions on the ability to carry concealed guns.

In the Feb. 13 decision, the court asserted that San Diego County violated the Second Amendment by requiring people to show "good cause" beyond a mere desire to carry a hidden firearm when applying for a concealed-carry weapons permit.

"Local law enforcement must be able to use their discretion to determine who can carry a concealed weapon," Harris said. "I will do everything possible to restore law enforcement's authority to protect public safety, and so today am calling on the court to review and reverse its decision."

Currently, state law requires people to demonstrate a valid reason to carry a concealed gun and gives local law enforcement control over the permit process.

If the Ninth Circuit's ruling in Peruta v. County of San Diego is allowed to take effect, officials throughout the state could be required to issue concealed-carry permits based on nothing more than the applicant's assertion that they wish to carry a gun for self-defense, according to Harris.

In the San Diego area, concealed-carry permit applicants previously had been required to demonstrate "a set of circumstances that distinguish the applicant from the mainstream and causes him or her to be placed in harm's way."

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore announced Friday that he would not seek further review of the Ninth Circuit ruling.

—City News Service

Tim T March 01, 2014 at 09:11 AM
Hey AG... What part of "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed" do you not understand?
Dennis Hull March 02, 2014 at 02:36 AM
Thats all California needs is EVERYONE packing heat. If you think "road rage" and "jealous lover" gun incidents are bad now,,, just wait untill everyone has the ability to just start shooting and ask questions later!
Tim T March 02, 2014 at 09:35 AM
Oh shucks... it's that darn, pesky, Constitution thingy again.
Joe Minervini March 02, 2014 at 06:08 PM
Dennis, Calm down. Law enforcement responsible for issuing carry permits will definitely do a backround check, finger prints, etc. I can certainly understand your concern but if people can carry, I do believe crime will decrease. Right now people are stabbing each other with knives every day. Also, the bad guys don't follow the gun laws, maybe we can balance them out. As for the jealous lover, maybe the cheaters deserve to be shot. Lastly, knowing the 9th Circuit, the most liberal in the U.S., they will most certainly reverse the decision. P.S.: Not every gun owner is a nut.
Veronica Walton-Cawelti March 02, 2014 at 10:03 PM
Hey, State Attorney General Kamala Harris, "THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED"! Are you blind or just stupid?

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