SAN DIEGO – A federal appeals court ruled 2-1 Wednesday that California could not challenge a ruling that prevents counties from making strict requirements on carrying concealed weapons in public.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, a gun control group and law enforcement associations’ attempts to intervene in a case involving San Diego County’s policy to restrict carrying concealed weapons.
Gun rights advocates considered the ruling a victory, for now, as the state can appeal it, according to Los Angeles Times. If the state loses, counties across the state will be required to issue permits for concealed weapons to residents who meet background checks.
California law currently allows county law enforcement to set rules limiting permits for concealed guns, but the federal appeals court panel said any law-abiding resident should be able to carry guns.
The same panel issued the same ruling, 2-1, in February and San Diego Sheriff William D. Gore said he would not appeal the decision. At that time, the state and advocacy groups tried to intervene.
"I can drive through every state in U.S. with my guns except for California and now that might change," said Ed Peruta, a gun activist. "I brought this suit, because the San Diego Sheriff's play favorites with who should be allowed to carry a concealed weapon...I walk in for a permit and they said no."
The less stringent permitting process is expected to take effect immediately.