Ninth Circuit Upholds San Francisco Laws Banning Hollow-Point Sales, Requiring Guns Locked Up

On March 25th the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a San Francisco law that requires "handgun owners to keep their weapons locked up or on their person when they are at home." The court also upheld a ban on the sale of hollow-point ammunition within city limits.

However, "San Francisco residents can still obtain them outside the city limits and bring them back [into the city] with them."

According to The Wall Street Journal, the Ninth Circuit ruled that the requirement to keep a gun locked up was not onerous because "a modern gun safe may be opened quickly. Thus, even when a handgun is secured, it may be readily accessed in case of an emergency."

Regarding the prohibition of the sale of hollow-point ammunition within city limits, the court upheld it because it "affects only the sale of hollow-point ammunition, [but] San Franciscans are still free to use and possess hollow-point bullets within city limits."

On February 13th the Ninth Circuit struck down the "good cause" requirement San Diego County officials were using for concealed carry applicants. On March 6th the same court struck down Yolo County, CA, requirements that concealed carry applicants "prove they face a threat of violence or robbery" before being granted a license.

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