Appeals Court to Consider CA Gun Restrictions

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A federal appeals court will reconsider last year’s controversial ruling that would have dramatically loosened California’s restrictions on carrying concealed firearms, reports the San Jose Mercury News. In a brief order filed Thursday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to take a second look at the so-called Peruta case with a special 11-judge panel. The order effectively scraps a February 2014 decision that invalidated the San Diego County sheriff’s strict guidelines for concealed-carry gun permits. The order temporarily preserves similar limits in the Bay Area and elsewhere enforced by local sheriffs.

The court will hear arguments in this and a similar case from Yolo County the week of June 15. A 9th Circuit panel, divided 2-1, found that San Diego County’s restrictions violated the Second Amendment rights of private citizens to carry a gun for self-defense. Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, one of the court’s most conservative members, wrote the decision, which drew a dissent from Chief Judge Sidney Thomas. Gun rights advocates, including the California Rifle and Pistol Association, challenged the law on behalf of Edward Peruta and several other San Diego County residents.

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