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Court to Allow San Diego County Journalist Right to Carry a Concealed Weapon

In San Diego County, residents must pass a training course and show valid reasons for needing a concealed weapon.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A federal appeals court today reversed a lower court ruling that denied a journalist's right to carry a concealed weapon in San Diego County, saying that the county's restriction infringes on Second Amendment rights.

In a 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned San Diego County permit requirements because they denied law- abiding citizens the right to carry a concealed weapon in public for self- defense.

The appeals court said San Diego County's policy was too restrictive because it required applicants to show a specific concern for personal safety.

"Given this requirement, the 'typical' responsible, law-abiding citizen in San Diego County cannot bear arms in public for self-defense," Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain said in the majority opinion.

California law generally prohibits carrying guns in public, but residents can apply for a license to carry a concealed weapon in the city or county where they live or work.

In San Diego County, residents must pass a training course and show valid reasons for needing a concealed weapon.

In the San Diego case before U.S. District Judge Irma Gonzalez, several people sued the county of San Diego, saying they were denied the right to carry a concealed weapon, and the judge ruled for the county.

The appeals court ordered the case sent back to San Diego for further proceedings.

—City News Service

What do you think of this ruling? Tell us in the comment section below.

usmcboi February 14, 2014 at 09:59 AM
Cant write, spell or report fact but can carry a gun this is hell.
Jay Berman February 14, 2014 at 12:58 PM
Steve, obviously you don't know what one has to go through to get and keep a CCP ... some citizen with a concealed weapon may save your life one day .... criminals carry, they don't give a crap about the law .. any law abiding citizen that qualifies should be able to carry
usmcboi February 14, 2014 at 01:05 PM
You see the way law abiding shoot? concealed why hide it kinda defeats the purpose of carry the vile prey on the weak the weak hide.
paniolo February 15, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Detroit police chief does press conference recommending more citizens be legally armed to reduce crime on the innocent. PD and Sheriff are going to make carry incredibly difficult for most. Open carry should be reinstated. Btw 6mm non criminal plus gun owners did not kill anyone yesterday. Should we count Chicago ?
Ron Selkovitch February 16, 2014 at 08:17 PM
Did the retired policeman who shot and killed someone for texting have a permit. Did the man who killed a teenager for playing loud music have a permit. Did the killer of Trayvon Martin have a permit. When do all these incidents out way the safety afforded by packing a gun.

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