Kamala Harris


Bob Egelko
Updated 5:21 am, Friday, February 28, 2014

Attorney General Kamala Harris moved Thursday to preserve California’s restrictions on concealed-weapons permits, seeking a rehearing of a federal appeals court ruling that would allow law-abiding citizens throughout the state to carry handguns in public.

Harris, on behalf of the state, asked the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for permission to intervene in the case, involving a lawsuit against the San Diego County sheriff over gun permit restrictions that are imposed by most of the state’s urban counties, including San Francisco. She also asked the full appeals court to order a new hearing before an 11-judge panel.

“Local law enforcement must be able to use their discretion to determine who can carry a concealed weapon,” Harris said in a statement. “I will do everything possible to restore law enforcement’s authority to protect public safety.”

In a 2-1 ruling Feb. 13, a panel of the court said San Diego County violates the Constitution’s Second Amendment by requiring residents to show “good cause,” and not merely the desire to protect themselves, to obtain a concealed-weapons permit. The “good cause” requirement is part of state law.

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