Two weeks ago, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that, why no, applicants for county-issued permits to exercise the right to bear arms concealed upon their person should not be required to submit a unique, specific reason as to why they should be allowed to do so — i.e., a reason you are somehow in a heightened state of danger beyond your run-of-the-mill, daily self-defense aspirations (that silly old chestnut, lolz). As you might imagine, in the counties in which they decided to immediately begin implementing the court’s decision, applications have been streaming in:
Gun owners are flooding the sheriff’s offices in two California counties with applications for concealed weapon permits following a bombshell ruling two weeks ago by a federal appeals court that citizens need not justify their requests. …
More than 500 applications have poured in to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in just two weeks — roughly the total number of applications filed in 2013, a spokesman said. Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens announced on the department’s website that the county will comply with the federal court’s order immediately, sparking the wave of applications.
“We’ve received as many or more in the last week in a half than we did in the whole calendar year [of 2013],” OCSD Lt. Jeff Hallock told FoxNews.com by phone early Thursday.
He said Hutchens didn’t wait for the decision to be further tested in order to “show respect to the court’s opinion while demonstrating her responsiveness.” …
In other counties, including San Diego County and Los Angeles County, officals are waiting for the law to really become final before they start changing their rules — and you know the state of California is appealing that one.
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today filed a petition in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on behalf of the State of California, urging the court to review and reverse its decision in Peruta v. County of San Diego.
In its February 13, 2014 Peruta decision, the Ninth Circuit ruled that San Diego County violates the Second Amendment by requiring individuals to show “good cause,” beyond a mere desire to carry a gun, when applying for a concealed-carry weapons permit.
“Local law enforcement must be able to use their discretion to determine who can carry a concealed weapon,” Attorney General Harris said. “I will do everything possible to restore law enforcement’s authority to protect public safety, and so today am calling on the court to review and reverse its decision.”