Recently we saw a major Second Amendment victory with the Ninth Circuit Courts passing a 2-1 ruling in favor of shall issue in the state of California. I should make this disclaimer first, I am not a lawyer and have not played one on TV, but I did sleep in a Holiday Inn Express once.
With that being said, let’s take a look at a layman’s view of the recent court rulings.
First off, California is a “may” issue state, one of several left in the Union. Upon closer examination, most of the may issue states seem to be the most draconian as far as their gun control measures go. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that these states also have a strong liberal mindset. Last week I published a blog that talked about the issue of gun control and voter districts, here is a link to An Inconvenient Truth. One of the points made in the discussion is how there was a disproportionate gun related crime in voter districts that had a high voting record for the current administration. To take that point one step further isn’t it interesting that so many of the “may” issue states follow this same model. It doesn’t surprise me much why there is so much chatter going on behind closed liberal doors as this ruling could severely damage future gun control measures.
Rightfully so, the courts recognized the your Second Amendment was an individual right. That is very important to remember, on top of which you cannot be confined to exercising your Second Amendment to your home/dwelling only.
So, that brings up the major point of “good cause”. The court ruling recognized that San Diego County’s view on good cause was flawed when it prevented applicants from obtaining a permit. The county’s main argument was personal protection or concern for one’s safety didn’t meet the requirements for good cause. So, one has to ask and the burden for clarification should fall on San Diego County for defining what they consider to be good cause. Should you have already being injured, lost loved ones or even worse killed to prove good cause. Clearly, their intention was their subjective view, which denied thousands of their civil liberties.
I believe the ruling was largely nailed shut because California does not have a mechanism to support a citizen’s Second Amendment. They ban not only concealed carry, but open carry as well, thus by proxy denying folks of their civil liberties.
The irony of it all, is a state who has a history of supporting civil rights does not appear to be blind to the issue. Instead, they recklessly assault civil liberties on a daily basis. My sincere hope is the ruling stands up to the appeals we all know will be lurking in the background. That is stands out as another huge victory in addition to the Supreme Court’s ruling and the 7th Circuit’s ruling as well.
In the mean time, if I worked in the office responsible for concealed carry permits in San Diego county I might want to make sure I have plenty of coffee and a comfortable chair to handle the wave of requests that are sure to flood their office and the rest of the state’s offices as well.