One of the more subtle dangers of Justice Scalia's unexpected passing, is that the DC power struggle has resulted in a 4-4 ideological stalemate on the nation's high court (and council on what the US Constitution really says).
The net result is that when a lower court rules and the decision is appealed to the SCOTUS; if the SCOTUS votes 4-4, then the lower court ruling stands.
No federal appeals court has been overturned more than the 9th circuit(mostly California and the other Pacific states). This very liberal tribunal is especially controversial when it comes to The Bill Of Rights. And the Right To Keep & Bear Arms(2nd Amendment) is a prime target.
9th Circuit Federal Court Declares ' No Right To Concealed Carry' Exists.
The Daily Wire reports:
On Thursday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling stating that there is no right under the Second Amendment to carry concealed weapons in public. This, of course, is surprising, given that the actual language of the Second Amendment explicitly declares the right to “bear arms” – and bearing arms means carrying them. But the Court truly just wants to allow localities to regulate firearm ownership out of existence, or like practice of religion, to restrict the right to the privacy of your home.
Circuit Judge William Fletcher wrote the opinion, in which he stated that “the Second Amendment does not preserve or protect a right of a member of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public.” The case itself revolved around the question of “good cause” restrictions on concealed carry permits. It is nearly impossible to get a concealed carry permit in, for example, Los Angeles County – even people who are regularly subjected to death threats are denied such permits. “Good cause” in San Diego County explicitly excludes “fearing for one's personal safety alone".
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