Soon the Supreme Court will have an opportunity to review a federal appeals court’s decision on Thursday that the government can ban all concealed firearms outside the home.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court in California summarized this case in Peruta v. County of San Diego:
Under California law, a member of the general public may not carry a concealed weapon in public unless he or she has been issued a license. An applicant for a license must satisfy a number of conditions. Among other things, the applicant must show “good cause” to carry a concealed firearm. California law authorizes county sheriffs to establish and publish policies defining good cause. The sheriffs of San Diego and Yolo Counties published policies defining good cause as requiring a particularized reason why an applicant needs a concealed firearm for self-defense.
In other words, California residents must explain why they have a special need beyond a general desire for self-defense. Such as having an abusive ex-husband or having received a death threat.
The plaintiffs in this case filed a federal lawsuit, arguing the Second Amendment entitles them to carry a firearm outside of their home. They did not argue one way of the other whether the state can require them to get a license, or whether they can carry openly instead of concealed.
To answer that question, the court wrote:
We conclude that the Second Amendment does not preserve or protect a right of a member of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public.
It is reported the Supreme Court is divided 4-4 on the issue right now so the future of the 2nd Amendment will be determined by whoever fills the seat vacated by Antonin Scalia.
Donald Trump has already put forth a list a list of eleven potential Supreme Court justices. They are:
- Diane Sykes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- Raymond Gruender, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- Steven Colloton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- Raymond Kethledge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- Thomas Hardiman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- William Pryor, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- Thomas Lee, Utah Supreme Court
- Allison Eid, Colorado Supreme Court
- Joan Larsen, Michigan Supreme Court
- David Straus, Minnesota Supreme Court
- Don Willet, Texas Supreme Court
Hillary Clinton on the other hand has said liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an ideal justice. Ginsburg has dissented from Second Amendment rights and has argued citizens cannot claim a right to bear arms.
Ambassador Ken Blackwell, who serves on the NRA Board of Directors and is chairman of the board’s Grassroots Committee told Breitbart News:
Today’s Peruta decision makes clear beyond any shadow of a doubt that the future of the Second Amendment and the rights of almost 100 million American gun owners now hangs on Donald Trump’s defeating Hillary Clinton for the White House. Even without speculating on how many more Supreme Court vacancies arise over the next four years, the one vacancy we have right now will be the deciding vote on whether the Supreme Court will uphold Heller, or abolish the Second Amendment.