The Second Amendment’s guarantee of a right to bear arms does not extend to the right to carry a concealed weapon in public, a federal appeals court in Denver has ruled.
“We conclude that the carrying of concealed firearms is not protected by the Second Amendment . . .” Justice Carlos Lucero wrote on behalf of a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Lucero cited case law dating to the 1800s that put restrictions on walking around in public with a gun.
“In light of our nation’s extensive practice of restricting citizens’ freedom to carry firearms in a concealed manner, we hold that this activity does not fall within the scope of the Second Amendment’s protections,” he wrote in the ruling issued Friday.
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