Editorial: The wrong way to deal with open carry of guns

Editorial: The wrong way to deal with open carry of guns

Brandon Antone, left, looks at a gun in 2015 with the help of Grandpa’s Pawn & Gun employee Ken Brandedburg. ( File photo ) The Supreme Court ruled a decade ago — and for the first time — that the Second Amendment grants individuals the right to keep firearms in their homes for personal protection. It was the wrong decision; courts until then operated under the belief that the Second Amendment was framed with state militias in mind. But joined by four conservative colleagues, Justice Antonin Scalia found in the District of Columbia vs. Heller that the Constitution protects the right of individuals to keep and bear arms, albeit not without limits. Now a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in a case from Hawaii that the logic of the Heller decision also should apply to people who want to carry a firearm openly in public for self-protection. The panel’s decision is just as wrong as the Heller case it is built upon, and if it stands, it will make the nation a more dangerous place. The heart of the decision is the belief that the Second Amendment, as interpreted in Heller, grants a right to keep (as in own) and to bear (as in carry) arms for self-protection in both the home and in public, where the danger of life-threatening interactions also exists. In other words, the need for self-protection, and thus for a firearm, doesn’t stop at the front door. If […]

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