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Ninth Circuit Recognizes Right to Bear Arms Outside the Home

I'm surprised that this ruling came out of the 9th Circuit. Originally on blogs.wsj.com:

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the Second Amendment endows the right to carry a gun outside the home. The opinion comes days before the Supreme Court is expected to decide whether to review two other cases that ask the question of whether the right to “bear arms” extends beyond the home.

The California-based appeals court, in a 2-1 ruling authored by Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, delved into American history, from the Founding Era forward, and found support for the notion that “bearing arms” means carrying a gun in public:

So concludes our analysis of text and history: the carrying of an operable handgun outside the home for the lawful purpose of self-defense, though subject to traditional restrictions, constitutes “bear[ing] Arms” within the meaning of the Second Amendment.

The case comes from San Diego County, which, according to state law, requires residents to show “good cause” for carrying a concealed handgun. Personal safety alone does not qualify as good cause. The question for the court was whether the requirement infringes on the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.

From the Ninth Circuit:

US Post Office Is in the Market for Ammo

Seen at moonbattery.com:

The US Post Office is not a law enforcement agency. So why does it need assorted small arms ammunition?

post-office-ammo

Oh, I get why. For the same reason that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration needs 72,000 rounds of .40 caliber ammo, the National Weather Service needs 46,000 rounds of the same, the Social Security Administration needs 174,000 rounds, and the Department of Education needs to blow $80,000 on Glocks and $17,000 on shotguns.

Update on Idaho Campus Carry SB 1254

2014-03-12 SB 1254 Signed into law by Governor Otter, to take effect July 1, 2014.


SB 1254 made it out of Senate State Affairs committee and the full Senate.  It has gone to the House where it sits in their State Affairs committee.  I am still hoping this passes and is signed into law.


2014-02-26: Recently an email was sent out by the university administration to all students, faculty, and staff.  It was, as could be expected, very critical of the bill.  I'm no lawyer, but I had some issues with the text of the message and respectfully disagree on a number of points.  Excerpts from that email are below.

This bill permits those with certain permits to carry concealed weapons on campus except in residence halls and in public entertainment facilities with seating capacity of 1000 or more. Naturally, folks are focusing on this being about concealed weapons being allowed on campus. But under Idaho law, anyone with a concealed carry permit can also openly carry a weapon.

The "Piers Morgan Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms without Infringement" Act

Piers Morgan is a tool. Apparently OK State Senator Nathan Dahm thinks so too. Found at misguidedchildren.com:

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - State Senator Nathan Dahm of Oklahoma has recently proposed a new and very controversial firearm legislation named after CNN’s Piers Morgan. The bill is titled “The Piers Morgan Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms without Infringement Act”, and, if passed, would allow law-abiding citizens of the state to carry both open and concealed firearms without a license or background check. Under the law, carrying guns into designated “gun-free zones” such as schools, government buildings, and other facilities would still be prohibited. The weapon would also have to remain inside a holster or some other type of sling or case designed to carry the weapon in public.

California ghost gun in action

Ted Nugent does not mince words on the Second Amendment

New guns-on-campus bill in the works

Hope it passes this year. This would be the only reason I'd opt for the enhanced permit. spokesman.com:

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gun-rights advocates are resurrecting a measure aiming to allow concealed weapons on Idaho university campuses. A bill is up for consideration Monday in the Senate State Affairs Committee. In 2011, that panel's members dumped a House-passed measure, arguing decisions should be left up to university leaders.

This year, one of the proponents, Republican Rep. Judy Boyle of Midvale, has been working with key lawmakers including Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis to address objections. According to the proposal now, students could carry a concealed weapon — provided they complete rigorous firearms training included in a law from the 2013 Legislature creating an enhanced concealed weapons permit. Boyle said Friday she's optimistic these changes are sufficient to win additional support.

Guns are prohibited on most American university campuses. However, Utah, Idaho's southerly neighbor, allows them, as does Colorado.

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