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Over that span, the state received an average of 1,786 initial applications and 2,082 renewal applications each year.

While residents seeking permits for personal protection must show that they are in potential danger, the state also allows permits for many retired law enforcement officers and professionals who can document that a firearm is necessary to their job duties.

The Second Amendment Foundation has been actively fighting state laws that limit the right to carry weapons. Mr. Gura has won two U.S. Supreme Court cases dealing with gun rights.

Regardless of the ruling that comes from the appellate court, the case is likely to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court for a final decision.

“We’re trying to get the law to the highest level possible, so the right will be extended to as many Americans as possible,” said Alan M. Gottlieb, executive vice president and founder of the Second Amendment Foundation.