Seeing the Round Corners

June 20, 2016
  During the last few years, gun rights have reached the point that a non-carrying gun person might conclude it is the most pressing issue facing the American public – more important than poverty, homelessness, veterans issues, the elderly, even children going without proper food and housing. At least you would think so based on the amount of coverage the issue gets in both print and on-air media. The role  the media bias plays is a subject for a “whole nother” column(s).

Last week, a ruling was handed down by a Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California that just may be a turning point in the effort to stop America from returning to the days of the old wild west when almost every red-blooded American did not leave home without a side arm strapped to their body.

The case same before the Court of Appeals after a three-judge panel ruled in 2014 that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee the right to carry a concealed weapon.

The original case was filed after two California counties refused to issue licenses to two applicants who failed to show “good cause” on their applications for licenses to carry a concealed weapon. Under California law, in order for an applicant seeking a license to carry a concealed weapon, the applicant must show “good cause,” among other things.

   The Court's opinion is lengthy and complicated and worthy of an in-depth column(s) on a future date. This tid-bit from the opinion:  “. .  the Court notes that the Second Amendment has not been generally understood to protect the right to carry a concealed weapon . . . Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not limited. Stay tuned!

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