Appeals court rules Constitution protects right to carry gun in public

Appeals court rules Constitution protects right to carry gun in public

© Getty Images A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that the Constitution’s Second Amendment grants people the right to openly carry a gun in public for self-defense. Reuters reports that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made the ruling while rejecting a claim from Hawaii officials that the right should only apply to guns kept at home. The ruling was issued by a three-judge panel on the court and came about a year after the Supreme Court decided not to rule on the case. “We do not take lightly the problem of gun violence,” Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain wrote in Tuesday’s ruling, according to Reuters. “But, for better or for worse, the Second Amendment does protect a right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense.” DEVELOPING

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