- Marionville mayor ‘kind of agreed’ with Kansas City shooter’s views
- Rev. Al Sharpton’s Easter message: Politically ‘crucified’ Obama has risen again
- Supreme Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies
- UNICEF launches ‘Mr. Poo’ mascot in India to curb public defecation
- Teen taking selfie by train: ‘Wow, that guy just kicked me in the head’
- Goodbye, Afghanistan — hello, Africa: Air Force to shift as U.S. exits Middle East
- Iran mulls ban on vasectomies, decrease on abortions to bolster population
- CNN op-ed claims right-wingers ‘more deadly than jihadists’
- Classes resume at high school rocked by stabbings
- ABC News accuses Center for Public Integrity of stealing Pulitzer-winning work
MILLER: San Diego won’t appeal 9th Circuit on concealed carry
NRA watching closely for compliance with the ruling
The landmark 9th Circuit court ruling last week that an individual does not need to prove a reason to want to bear arms outside the home is reverberating quickly.
Just a week after the court ruled that San Diego’s restrictive concealed-carry permit laws were unconstitutional, the county sheriff announced he would not appeal.
Sheriff Bill Gore wrote to the County Board of Supervisors that he will not seek en banc review of Peruta, et al. v. County of San Diego, which means the appeals court decision stands.
However, the sheriff is slow-walking the change as much as possible. He said that any new application process will not start until the full time has elapsed for the district court to make the ruling final.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) funded the case for the plaintiffs. David Lehman is general counsel of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.
“While Sheriff Gore has indicated that he will not appeal the extremely well-reasoned decision by the 9th Circuit in Peruta, it remains to be seen whether he will actually follow the Court’s directive and issue concealed carry permits to law-abiding county residents who simply want to exercise their fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms,” Mr. Lehman told me Friday evening.
Once the decision is finalized, Sheriff Gore wrote that his department “will begin to issue CCW’s in situations where the applicant has met all other lawful qualifications and has requested a CCW for purposes of self-defense.”
Those other qualifications include being subjected to an interview, paying fees and taking a firearms course.
Should the change go through, it would make a drastic difference for residents of the Southern California county. Until now, a person had to prove that he had “good cause” — which meant providing documentation, such as a restraining order.
The ban on open carry will continue for now.
Just yesterday, Orange County moved forward with changes to its concealed-carry application process to comply with the ruling.
The decision by Sheriff Gore not to appeal is likely to stand because anti-gun jurisdictions don’t want the Supreme Court to weigh in on carry rights and stop all “may issue” state laws.
Similarly, Illinois’ attorney general decided last year against appealing to the Supreme Court the 7th Circuit ruling in Moore v. Madigan, which overturned her state’s total ban on carry rights.
The high court, however, is expected to announce Monday whether it will take up two NRA cases that would give the justices the opportunity to resolve the splits in the circuit courts over the limits to bearing arms.
Most notably, the 4th Circuit ruled in Woollard v. Sheridan that Maryland’s laws that allow almost nobody to get a carry permit were lawful.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Emily Miller is senior editor of opinion for The Washington Times. She is the author of “Emily Gets Her Gun … But Obama Wants to Take Yours” (Regnery 2013). Miller won the 2012 Clark Mollenhoff Award for Investigative Reporting from the Institute on Political Journalism.
- MILLER: Mark Witaschek tax investigation follows D.C. conviction for muzzleloader bullet ammunition
- MILLER: Harry Reid's hypocrisy on 'Equal Pay Day': No women on top leadership staff
- MILLER: Maryland bathroom bill for transgenders is part of LGBT lobby for sex-change rights
- MILLER: Mark Witaschek surrenders to D.C. police 'Gun Offenders Registry'
- MILLER: Michelle Obama has media blackout in China while touting freedom of press
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
By John R. Bolton
Reality calls for attaching Gaza to Egypt and the West Bank to Jordan
Get Breaking Alerts
- 'Culture of intimidation' seen in Nevada ranch standoff
- HURT: Wilson and Obama ... 100 years apart, but so alike
- Rand and Ron Paul ride to the rescue for Bundy in Nevada standoff with feds
- IRS emails reveal discussion with Justice about suing nonprofits for election activities
- U.S. Navy to turn seawater into jet fuel
- CNN op-ed claims right-wingers 'more deadly than jihadists'
- GOP writes legislation to deny Attorney General Eric Holder his salary
- WEBER: Obamacare cuts home healthcare for millions of seniors
- Nevada Bundy ranch standoff could leave dirt on Harry Reid reputation
- Fuel-filled wings, ability to swarm: Pentagon offers glimpse at future of drone fleet
Recent Letters to the Editor
- LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bundy support demonstrates voters' distrust
- LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Obamacare disasters were avoidable
- LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Muhammad wouldn't condone Boston bombing
- LETTER TO THE EDITOR: High heels: Hazardous to one's health?
- LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Marshall's comments hurt GOP, pro-lifers