This case is not likely to be over as the State of California will no doubt appeal the ruling, but the ruling is a big win for firearm owners. I was surprised that this particular court, which has handed down some awful decisions in the past, ruled in this manner. If this case does go to the Supreme Court and the ruling is upheld, states such as New Jersey will have a hard time defending its terribly restrictive concealed firearm carry law.
"A divided federal appeals court on Thursday struck down California's concealed weapons rules, saying they violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
By a 2-1 vote, the three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said California was wrong to require applicants to show good cause to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
"The right to bear arms includes the right to carry an operable firearm outside the home for the lawful purpose of self-defense," Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain wrote for the majority.
Judge Sidney Thomas dissented, writing that the good cause requirement limited the number of people carrying concealed handguns in public to those legitimately in need.
"It limits the risk to public safety by reducing the number of guns in public circulation, but allows those who will most likely need to defend themselves in public to carry a handgun," Thomas wrote..........
The U.S. Supreme Court often takes cases when federal appeals courts issue conflicting rulings.