Federal appeals court says states can restrict open carry of firearms

Federal appeals court says states can restrict open carry of firearms

(CNN)A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that states may restrict the open carrying of guns in public, a major ruling that is certain to be appealed to a US Supreme Court hostile to limits on the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in a 7-4 ruling upheld Hawaii’s limits on openly carrying firearms in public, rejecting a challenge from Hawaii resident George Young, who had sued the state for denying his bid to carry a handgun outside the home. "There is no right to carry arms openly in public; nor is any such right within the scope of the Second Amendment," Judge Jay Bybee, a nominee of George W. Bush, wrote in the majority opinion. The ruling comes at a time of heightened national discussion over the scope of the Second Amendment following mass shootings in Colorado and Atlanta this month. The White House is weighing whether to issue a number of gun safety measures through executive action even as they publicly press Congress to move ahead on legislation aimed at curbing violence. Hawaii’s law specifically bans residents from openly carrying firearms if they don’t have a license to do so. Licenses are given only to residents who can prove they need a firearm because of "reason to fear injury" to "person or property." Bybee wrote that "the contours of the government’s power to regulate arms in the public square is at least this: the government may regulate, and even prohibit, […]

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