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In Refusing to Hear 2nd Amendment Case, Supreme Court Allows California’s Limits on Concealed Carry to Stand

With a gun on his hip, gun instructor Mike Stilwell, demonstrates an semi-automatic handgun as as he teaches a packed class to obtain the Utah concealed gun carry permit on Jan. 9, 2016, in Springville, Utah. (Credit: George Frey/Getty Images)

The Supreme Court has rejected a major 2nd Amendment challenge to California’s strict limits on carrying concealed guns in public.

The justices turned away an appeal from gun rights advocates who contended most law-abiding gun owners in San Diego, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area are being wrongly denied permits to carry a weapon when they leave home.

The justices let stand a ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which held last year that the “2nd Amendment does not preserve or protect a right of a member of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public.”

In dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas said the court’s action “reflects a distressing trend” in the treatment of the 2nd Amendment as a disfavored right. Justice Neil M. Gorsuch joined his dissent.

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