9th Circuit Makes a Major Ruling That Puts Fundamental Gun Rights in Jeopardy

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Following a tragic mass shooting in Boulder, CO committed by Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, a renewed push for “gun control” is upon us. It doesn’t matter that AR-15’s represent a tiny fraction of gun murders a year. They look scary and have been involved in high-profile shootings so they must go. In other words, common sense need not apply when Washington politicians start virtue signaling.

But it might not just be Joe Biden and a Democratic Congress that Americans have to worry about. A brand new ruling by the 9th Circuit has just proclaimed that citizens have no right to carry a weapon, concealed or open carry.

This ruling gives a stamp of approval to states like Hawaii and California that have sought to ban concealed and open carry of guns by licensed, law-abiding citizens.

This per the Washington Times.

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that there is no right to carry a gun in public.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a 7-4 ruling rejected a challenge to Hawaii’s requirement that residents must pass an application to have weapons outside the home.

Hawaii’s law requires residents to show an urgency or need to carry a firearm, the applicant must have good character, and be “engaged in the protection of life and property.”

“There is no right to carry arms openly in public; nor is any such right within the scope of the Second Amendment,” the court ruled in an “en banc” decision that involved several of the panel’s judges.

“We can find no general right to carry arms into the public square for self-defense,” the majority wrote, claiming that the Second Amendment applies to the “defense of hearth and home.”

This ruling is farcical on its face. The Founders clearly intended for weapons to be able to be carried for protection in public from any threat. Taking the example of a militia, something expressly protected in the Constitution. It’s an impossibility to form a militia if you can’t carry your firearm outside the home. The right to self-defense also does not end at one’s doorstep.

Further, we know practically how guns were treated from the founding onward for hundreds of years. It never even occurred to anyone outside of the modern left that the Second Amendment doesn’t protect concealed and open carry because it clearly does. “Shall not be infringed” means something, and the right to bear arms is clearly not limited by the Constitution to just the home.

What we are about to see is the real test of Trump’s appointed Supreme Court majority. We’ve already seen Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, and Neil Gorsuch go wobbly on various rulings. If they fold on this, it’s the end of the conservative judicial experiment. Never again will Republicans show up to vote “for the courts” if they can’t be counted on to secure basic rights.

We know John Roberts is going to go along with the liberals on this, either by vote or by refusing to even take the case up. But there are five other justices who were put on the court specifically to stop nonsense like this. It should not even be a question that this ruling gets overturned, and it’s sad that we even have to wonder.