2/13/2014

Newest Fox News piece: "It may soon be easy to carry a permitted concealed handgun in California"

John Lott's newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
California may soon join 42 other states in letting people carry concealed handguns once they meet certain objective criteria. 
Thursday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state couldn’t ban both concealed and open carry guns. The court also struck down the so-called “good cause” requirement for getting a permit, saying that concern for one’s personal safety should be sufficient justification. 
The Constitution guarantees Americans the right to “keep and bear arms.” To “bear” means to carry. 
 Ironically, California may have opened the door to make it much easier for people to get concealed handgun permits by recently banning people from openly carrying guns. The court wrote that while it might indeed be constitutional for a state to ban concealed handguns or to ban people openly carrying handguns, it simply can’t ban both options. 
Counties such as Los Angeles have only let a few hundredpeople get concealed handgun permits out of 7.5 million adults. In San Diego, only about 700 out of 2.4 million can carry. And in San Francisco, no one is granted a permit to carry a gun. 
In Los Angeles and Orange Counties, the few lucky people getting permits are big donors to a sheriff’s re-election campaign or a sheriff’s personal friend. In other counties, such as Stanislaus County in northern California, the key to getting a permit seems to be either an influential politician or a prominent businessman. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.

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