Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge disagreed with today’s decision from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which essentially denies residents of San Diego County, California, the right of possession of a concealed handgun for self-defense outside the home.
“The idea that a State can completely ban or unfairly restrict the right of a law-abiding citizen to carry a concealed weapon ignores the written text and history of the Second Amendment and is unconstitutional,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I believe states can create concealed carry permitting laws consistent with the Constitution, but such laws must be fair, even-handed and not unduly restrictive of the ability of citizens to actually obtain conceal and carry permits. San Diego County’s concealed carry permitting scheme amounts to a total or nearly total ban on concealed carry, which is why I joined an amicus brief in support of the gun owners in this case.”
Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt:
“I am disappointed that the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today, in a deeply fractured opinion, refused to acknowledge what should be clear from the United States Supreme Court’s cases: that individuals have a Second Amendment right to carry a firearm outside their homes. The dissenting judges in the Peruta case got it right when they said: ‘The Second Amendment is not a “second class” constitutional guarantee.’”
“The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held today that residents have no Second Amendment right to carry a firearm outside their home for self-defense,” Alabama AG Luther Strange stated in a press release.
“In effect the appeals court ruled that San Diego County can outlaw guns outside the home by declining to issue anyone a permit. This court’s decision is a direct challenge to the Second Amendment and is unconstitutional,” Strange stated.
The court ruled in a 7-4 opinion in the case.