A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that California cannot challenge a previous decision that overruled the state’s restrictions on concealed weapons and declared them unconstitutional.
The 2-1 decision by the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that California Attorney General Kamala Harris and other groups could not legally involve themselves in a case regarding the state’s ability to keep residents from obtaining a concealed carry permit. Such a permit would allow gun owners to carry a hidden, loaded weapon in public.
Back in February, the same court ruled 2-1 that while the state is allowed to implement rules regarding the way concealed carry permits are authorized, those rules must allow law-abiding citizens to carry weapons in public if they are meant for self-defense. Otherwise, the state would be violating the Second Amendment, which allows citizens to bear arms.