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June 26, 2017

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Peruta Case

With Justices Thomas and Gorsuch dissenting, the U.S. Supreme Court announced today it would not grant review in the Peruta v. California case. Applicants for California concealed carry licenses must demonstrate “good cause” to obtain one, but in San Diego, the sheriff sought a “particularized” need for self-defense.  A three-judge panel found the San Diego County Sheriff’s policy unconstitutional, but was reversed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Since the Supreme Court did not take the case, the 9th Circuit’s ruling prevails. Justice Thomas wrote the refusal to hear the case “reflects a distressing trend: their treatment of the Second Amendment as a disfavored right.” He concluded, “For those of us who work in marbled halls, guarded constantly by a vigilant and dedicated police force, the guarantees of the Second Amendment might seem antiquated and superfluous. But the Framers made a clear choice: They reserved to all Americans the right to bear arms for self-defense.”

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