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It’s rare these days when proponents of the 2nd Amendment have a reason to celebrate, and rarer yet when that reason emanates from a state like California.
With little fanfare and a begrudging attitude from gun control advocates disguised as reporters, news broke Thursday that the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel overturned restrictions on carrying concealed handguns.
No, that doesn’t mean gun owners no longer need to apply and be approved for concealed carry permits, but pending future and inevitable appeals from gun control zealots, it does strike a blow to local municipalities that place unrealistic restrictions on those who apply for a permit.
Those restrictions can border on lunacy, and in often make obtaining a concealed carry permit so daunting that many don’t even bother to apply.
In 2012, California lawmakers foolishly took away the right to openly carry even unloaded guns, let alone guns that are concealed.
Gun owners sued, saying that between the outrageous requirements to obtain a conceal carry permit and the inability to openly carry, the government had effectively taken away their constitutional right to defend themselves.
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