Hand Gun open carry

A divided federal appeals court has struck down California’s concealed weapons rules, saying they violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms. (Photo of Glock 19 handgun from Wikimedia Commons released under public domain)

By Paul Elias, Associated Press

Posted: 02/13/14, 12:25 PM PST | Updated: 8 hrs ago

SAN FRANCISCO — A divided federal appeals court has struck down California’s concealed weapons rules, saying they violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that California is wrong to require applicants to show good cause to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The court ruled that all law-abiding citizens are entitled to carry concealed weapons outside the home for self-defense purposes.

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