No concealed carry

Good news for those of us who would prefer not to be shot by incompetent pretend soldiers:

A federal appeals court in California has ruled that Americans don’t have an automatic right to carry concealed weapons in public under the Second Amendment. The ruling upholds a law requiring people to have “good cause” to be granted a concealed carry permit. This is sad news for people who badly want to take their guns to Chipotle with minimal paperwork.

An 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the “good cause” requirement is legal, which states that applicants for concealed carry permits must have “good moral character” and pass a required training and background check. The ruling was 7-4; writing for the majority, Judge William A. Fletcher wrote, “We hold that the Second Amendment does not preserve or protect a right of a member of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public.”

The original lawsuit was filed by a group of people who’d been denied concealed carry permits, and was backed by several gun rights groups. In his ruling, Judge Fletcher noted that the Second Amendment might protect open carry, which the plaintiffs weren’t suing about: