On May 9 Guam’s Legislature passed Bill 296 to change the territory’s concealed carry law to “shall issue” in response to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling against California’s “good cause” requirement.
On February 13 Breitbart News reported the Ninth Circuit ruled that “San Diego County county violates the Constitution’s Second Amendment by requiring residents to show ‘good cause'” before being allowed “to obtain a concealed carry permit.”
Guam’s concealed carry law is currently “may issue,” which is very similar to concealed carry with a “good cause” requirement because it “gives the police chief authority to approve concealed carry firearms applications at his discretion.”
In other words, the issuance of concealed carry permits is based on whether law enforcement perceives a cause for the applicant to be armed rather than being based on the applicant’s right to be armed.
But Guampdn.com reports this will all change if Guam Governor Eddie Baza Calvo (R) signs Bill 296 or allows it to “lapse into law.” At that point, “applicants [will] no longer need to show they have a good reason for applying for the permit.”
Having the right to keep and bear arms will be all the reason they need.
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