LOS ANGELES — Openly carrying a firearm in public for self-defense is protected under the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. According to The Associated Press , the ruling issued by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Hawaii man George Young’s Second Amendment rights were violated when officials refused to grant him an open-carry permit. Previously, a lower court had ruled that "the amendment only applied to guns kept in homes," the AP reported . In the ruling, Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain wrote that the court didn’t take gun violence lightly, "but, for better or for worse, the Second Amendment does protect a right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense." Read more here . – The Associated Press contributed to this report.