Second Amendment supporters were dealt a devastating blow on Thursday. A federal appeals court ruled that the right to carry a concealed weapon is not a constitutional right.
Our Second Amendment rights hang in the balance. While the Supreme Court has affirmed our right to bear arms as an individual right, the left constantly works to undermine this right asserting the need to insert barriers to practically applying this right.
For many cities and states, that means allowing citizens to own guns but prohibiting them from using them or carrying them.
In states without preemption statutes, like California, cities and counties are able to impose arbitrary restrictions upon our Second Amendment rights. While Sacramento County issues concealed carry permits freely, San Francisco remains entrenched in liberal doctrine and city officials routinely deny concealed carry permits.
In support of this tyranny, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued a split decision which upheld a state law that required applicants to show “good cause” for obtaining a concealed carry permit.
Naturally, the “good cause” provision is ambiguous and the granting of the permit rests upon notoriously anti-Second Amendment city officials.
The 11-judge panel voted 7-4 in favor of upholding the statute and rendered a decision that claimed that the Second Amendment does not entail a right to carry concealed.
“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 Fletcher wrote in the majority opinion.
Judge Consuelo M. Callahan dissented and wrote,
“In the context of present-day California law, the Defendant counties’ limited licensing of the right to carry concealed firearms is tantamount to a total ban on the right of an ordinary citizen to carry a firearm in public for self-defense.”
“Because the majority eviscerates the Second Amendment right of individuals to keep and bear arms as defined by Heller and reaffirmed in McDonald, I respectfully dissent,” Callahan said.
Unlike other constitutional rights, the Second Amendment is the only constitutional right that requires citizens to ask for permission to exercise it. In the case of carrying concealed, in some states, the burden is even stricter and requires citizens to grovel and explain why they require the right to exercise their Second Amendment rights in a practical manner.
Oddly enough, the Second Amendment remains unusual as it is the only constitutional right that explicitly declares that it is not subject to regulation as it clearly declares that the right “shall not be infringed.” Still, the left pretends that the wording remains unknowably ambiguous.
Meanwhile, nobody requires the New York Times to obtain permission before authoring an editorial.
The federal appeals court’s decision is likely to be appealed and it may end up in the Supreme Court.
As it stands now, the Court is divided 4-4 with a conservative-liberal stalemate. If the Court renders an evenly split decision, the federal appeals court’s ruling stands.
Currently, Republicans are pledging to hold-out on voting for a new Supreme Court justice. If Americans are to have their Second Amendment rights affirmed in the highest court, several things must happen:
- Notoriously-cowardly Republican lawmakers would have to hold strong on their pledge to not hold a vote.
- Donald Trump would have to win the general election
- He would have to follow-through on his supposed position that he is conservative and nominate a conservative judge
- Turncoats like Justice Roberts would have to hold strong on this important issue.
In other words: get ready for some choppy waters ahead.