A ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals could allow more citizens to obtain a conceal-carry permit, and advocates estimate about two million people will apply for permits thanks to the ruling.
Previously, people who applied for carry concealed permits had to have a reason for wanting the permit, which the court ruled was a violation of citizen’s Second Amendment rights.
Brandon Combs of the Calguns Foundation spoke to CBS San Fransisco, saying, “Sometimes they’ll say, ‘You know, prove you’ve already been assaulted and then we’ll give you a license or prove how much money you carry or what kind of jewelry you wear.’”
This ruling though gets rid of the requirement and will allow people to apply for a permit without such a hindrance.
Many have also spoken out after the ruling, including some officials, saying they will not challenge the courts. San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore is one such official.
“Law enforcement’s role is to uphold and enforce the law,” said Gore, according to FOX News. “Since becoming Sheriff, I have always maintained that it is the legislature’s responsibility to make the laws, and the judiciary’s responsibility to interpret them and their constitutionality.”
The ruling will not allow convicted felons or mentally ill citizens to possess or carry firearms though. Firearms will also still be illegal to carry in places such as government buildings or schools.
“Some sheriffs are probably going to see this news as evidence their policies are wrong,” said Combs. “But sheriffs and police chiefs in anti-gun jurisdictions may need more help seeing the light. We’ll be happy to help them, even if it means going to the Supreme Court.”