Ninth Circuit: 2nd Amendment secures right to carry

In other words, “bearing arms” doesn’t just mean “owning” them.

The court concludes that California’s broad limits on both open and concealed carry of loaded guns — with no “shall-issue” licensing regime that assures law-abiding adults of a right to get licenses, but only a “good cause” regime under which no license need be given — “impermissibly infringe on the Second Amendment right to bear arms in lawful self-defense.” The Ninth Circuit thus joins the Seventh Circuit, and disagrees with the Second, Third, and Fourth Circuits.

This is good news. Sooner or later, the Supreme Court will be forced to face the issue directly.