Alabama AG: 9th Circuit Ruling an Affront to the Constitution

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2012 file photo, a small handgun is seen under a vest in High Point, N.C. Dealing a blow to gun supporters, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, June 9, 2016, that Americans do not have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons in public. …
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On June 9, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange denounced the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for ruling against carrying guns concealed outside the home.

According to, Strange described the ruling as “a direct challenge to the Second Amendment,” therefore an affront to the constitution.” He said the court’s decision — which rules that Second Amendment protections do not exceed the home — puts Americans in the precarious position of having to beg their local or state governments for permission to carry a gun for self-defense, rather than carrying it because they have a right to do so.

Breitbart News previously reported that the 9th Circuit’s decision restored the “good cause” requirement to California’s concealed permitted application process. This means that concealed applicants have to prove a need to carry a gun — i.e., the threat of danger to themselves or loved ones — before the state will issue a permit to them. And this means proving something more than simply feeling uneasy. Strange explained the stringent requisites for “good cause” to show that “simply fearing for one’s personal safety alone is not considered a good cause.”

While announcing the restoration of the “good cause” requirement, Justice William Fletcher also pointed out the court’s opinion that “the Second Amendment does not preserve or protect a right of a member of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public.”

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