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Court decision could have major impact on gun control efforts

For those among our readers who believe that gun control efforts in California go too far, a recent development is likely to be considered a victory. As many have probably heard by now, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently struck down California regulations that permitted local governments to restrict an individual's right to carry a concealed weapon.

The battle over the 2nd Amendment has heated up in America over the last couple of years, especially as high-profile attacks have occurred in public places, leaving a high body count behind in many cases. In this particular court case, however, the court held that the California regulations were indeed in violation of the 2nd Amendment.

The main problem appears to have been the requirement under many of the local regulations that gun owners who wanted to carry their firearm in public had to show "good cause" for wanting to do so. That didn't sit well with the appellate court, even though the decision was split 2-1. Most reports on this decision note that the two judges who voted to hold the regulations unconstitutional were two of the more conservative judges on the panel.

Although this recent court decision was viewed as a step forward for gun rights advocates - and a step back for gun control proponents - the fact of the matter is that this issue is far from being resolved. Because of conflicting court opinions on what exactly is guaranteed in the 2nd Amendment, this case is likely to be appealed further and may eventually be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States. If that does happen, only then will there be any real clarity on whether or not these California regulations are constitutional or not.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Court overturns restrictions on concealed guns in much of California," Maura Dolan and Tony Perry, Feb. 13, 2014

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