The U.S. Supreme Court has once again ruled against the Second Amendment by refusing to loosen restrictions on carrying a gun in public.
SCOTUS rejected an appeal that was made by gun-rights advocates in California that would’ve allowed folks to carry a concealed weapon without needing to show a special reason for doing so.
According to Bloomberg, Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch said the high court should have heard the case.
“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,” Thomas wrote for the pair. “But the framers made a clear choice: They reserved the right to bear arms for self-defense.”
The high court has turned away gun-rights appeals repeatedly since its last Second Amendment case in 2010, declining to carve out new constitutional protections for firearm owners outside the home.
Five San Diego County residents and a gun-rights group argued in their appeal that “the Constitution guarantees ordinary, law-abiding citizens some means of bearing firearms outside the home for self-defense, whether it be open or concealed carrying.”
The very left-leaning state of California is one of eight around the country that prohibits a good majority of citizens from carrying weapons out in public, though an occasional and rather hard-to-get exception is made for those who can prove they have a legitimate reason to carry a gun.
The problem, of course, is that local authorities are the ones who can decide what meets the standard for a “legitimate threat,” which makes it rather arbitrary and leaves a person’s safety in the hands of local law enforcement.
According to the sheriff’s office in San Diego County, a person must provide evidence that clearly demonstrates the individual applying to carry a concealed weapon is currently in harm’s way and not just a person who wants to have a weapon in case some sort of situation unfolds where self-defense is necessary.
Unfortunately, this disarms law-abiding citizens and makes them easy targets for criminals who do not respect the law and will use such regulations to target victims.
This, of course, is really a violation of the Second Amendment, which exists to protect the rights of every American to have the means of defending themselves at all times.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]