Well, a surprising great ruling out of the 9th Federal Circuit (think, “California”) today holding that the Second Amendment demands that states allow the typical, law-abiding citizen to carry a gun in public for purposes of lawful self-defense. There’s still room for regulation, in that the state may ban open carry or may ban concealed carry, but they may NOT ban both.
It’s a great decision in terms of quality and content, as well, with a fantastic historical analysis of the Second Amendment, as well as analysis of Heller and McDonald, and where the Federal Circuits that have ruled otherwise have gone wrong.
It’s plainly written, very little legalese, I highly recommend it.
Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere. In addition to the book, Andrew also conducts Law of Self Defense Seminars all around the country. Seminars for 2014 are currently being scheduled, if you’d like to see one held in your area fill out the comment box on the LOSD Seminar review page, where you can also see reviews of recently completed seminars in New Hampshire, Maine, Texas, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and elsewhere. Andrew is also a contributing author on self defense law topics to Combat Handguns, Ammoland.com, Legal Insurrection, and others. You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @LawSelfDefense and using #LOSD2, on Facebook, and at his blog, The Law of Self Defense.