In a 2-1 decision issued on February 13th, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled “San Diego County violates the Constitution’s Second Amendment by requiring residents to show ‘good cause’” before being allowed “to obtain a concealed carry permit.”
The court ruled that the right to keep and bear arms is, in and of itself, a sufficient cause for bearing arms for self-defense. Moreover, it is a sufficient cause both inside and outside of one’s domicile.
According to SFGate, Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain’s majority opinion emphasized “the right to bear arms includes the right to carry an operable arm outside the home for the lawful purpose of self-defense.”
He said the Second Amendment must be read as including "the right to carry weapons outside the home" because "the risk of armed confrontation" is in no way limited to one's home. He supported his points by citing the examples of "a woman toting a small handgun in her purse as she walks through a dangerous neighborhood or a night-shift worker carrying a handgun in his coat as he travels to and from his job site."
O'Scannlain "disagreed with federal appeals courts that have upheld [similar] requirements" in states like New York and New Jersey, where citizens also have to show "good cause" to get a concealed permit.
It is incredibly rare for big city police chiefs to publicly come out in favor of an armed citizenry, regardless of their privately held views. That is because police chiefs are typically appointed to their positions, and most urban areas have a long history of hiring anti-gun Democrats to the positions (Mayors, city Councils, etc) that hire police chiefs.
As a result, it is something of a bombshell that Detroit Police Chief James Craig has stated his belief that an armed citizenry deters crime.
If more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday.
Urban police chiefs are typically in favor of gun control or reluctant to discuss the issue, but Craig on Thursday was candid about how he’s changed his mind.
“When we look at the good community members who have concealed weapons permits, the likelihood they’ll shoot is based on a lack of confidence in this Police Department,” Craig said at a press conference at police headquarters, adding that he thinks more Detroit citizens feel safer, thanks in part to a 7 percent drop in violent crime in 2013.
Craig said he started believing that legal gun owners can deter crime when he became police chief in Portland, Maine, in 2009.
“Coming from California (Craig was on the Los Angeles police force for 28 years), where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to Maine, where they give out lots of CCWs (carrying concealed weapon permits), and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying; that was my orientation.
“I changed my orientation real quick. Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”
Craig’s statements Thursday echoed those he made Dec. 19 on “The Paul W. Smith Show” on WJR (760 AM), when he said: “There’s a number of CPL (concealed pistol license) holders running around the city of Detroit. I think it acts as a deterrent. Good Americans with CPLs translates into crime reduction. I learned that real quick in the state of Maine.”
Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy is not happy about the new concealed carry laws in Illinois. And now he is predicting that police will shoot citizens who are lawfully carrying firearms. During an interview with WVON radio McCarthy made some very bold statements that show his disdain for the 2nd amendment. “You put more guns on the street expect more shootings,” McCarthy said. “I don’t care if they’re licensed legal firearms, people who are not highly trained… putting guns in their hands is a recipe for disaster. So I’ll train our officers that there is a concealed carry law, but when somebody turns with a firearm in their hand the officer does not have an obligation to wait to get shot to return fire and we’re going to have tragedies as a result of that. I’m telling you right up front.”
Good Freaking Grief, how have cops in almost every state managed to coexist with CC laws? Is this buffoon serious? If he thinks those with permits are going to approach cops with weapons drawn he knows absolutely NOTHING! Too bad he does not have that attitude towards gang members huh? Some people have no business being involved in police work, this ass hat is one of them!
A woman whose husband was being accosted by six men in a Houston area Denny’s pulled her concealed carry handgun from her purse and opened fire on the robbers.
According to Click2Houston.com, the wife was in the restroom, and when she came out she saw her husband lying on the floor, the group of robbers nearby. Police say she then “pulled her gun and shot at them.”
It appears the robbers shot back and police say there was a shootout. The robbers were apparently running as they shot.
“No bystanders or customers” in the restaurant were injured, and the robbers “fled the scene.”
The brother of the robbery victim praised the woman for doing what she did and said, “Self-defense saved my brothers’ life.”
I have been looking for a new gun specifically designed for concealed carry, something small, but powerful. After looking at several local shops, and several Academy Sports, I narrowed my choices and last Friday, I went to the Academy in Arlington, and bought my newest gun. Yes, Liberals I own four handguns, two shotguns, and some rifles, you Liberals would call that an “arsenal”. Anyway, the gun I opted for is this. The Taurus Millenium Pro 140 .40 S&W Polymer Pistol in stainless steel.
It has a 10-shot magazine, the gun comes with two, two safeties, including a locking mechanism that disables the gun entirely, and a loaded chamber indicator. Being a .4o caliber it has sufficient power, and weighs only 18.7 ounces with a 3.25 ” barrel. I am taking it to the range over the next few days so I will get back to y’all on how it does
Of course, Liberals will howl over this, and I know they will predict Wild West shootouts, and blood in the halls of academia, and so on. Of course they said similar things when Texas passed our concealed carry law in 1996, and they said the same in Florida when my native state passed that CC bill in 1987. And, to date, those Wild West shootouts have still not happened. I hope Governor Perry gets the chance to sign this into law.
I know, I have defended my life with a handgun. Duane Lester has the story of someone else who saved life because they were armed. As you read this, remember that Sarah Brady and the gun banning Left would make it so that stories like this one, turn out much differently!
Monday afternoon was another normal day of cooking burgers and fries and hot dogs and Philly cheesesteaks for Tim and Debbie Patterson.
Then, about 2 p.m., they heard a scream.
Tim rushed out the back door of The Big Yellow mobile kitchen at the corner of Harrison and Fourth. He looked around the Goodwill parking lot full of cars, and heard another scream. Then, he heard a woman’s voice.
“Let go of me,” it shrieked.
Patterson charged around a car and stopped. A man had a woman’s head pulled back with one hand, and a knife to her throat with the other.
Patterson didn’t hesitate.
He drew his Kimber 1911 .45 with a six-shot clip.
“Drop it, or I’ll shoot you,” he shouted.
The assailant, wearing a hoodie that covered his face, glanced up. He immediately let go of the woman, dropped the knife, raised his arms in the air and fled.
Patterson, who called 911, checked on the victim and stood by the knife until police arrived.
Now, the the anti-gun brigade had their way, the man would have had to confront the knife wielding coward without the benefit of a superior weapon, putting his life in danger. He could have been stabbed the the woman, well, who knows what his intentions were with her.
To disarm the law-abiding is the ultimate dream of the Left. Remember that the most basic of human rights is the right to self-defense. That basic right is what the Left loathes, because self-defense in an act of the individual, and the Left thinks of individualism negatively. The Left worships Collectivism, and believes that individual liberty can be curtailed for the common, or collective good.