Ninth Circuit Will Reconsider Peruta Decision Striking Down California Concealed Gun Policy | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Ninth Circuit Will Reconsider Peruta Decision Striking Down California Concealed Gun Policy

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Contact: Jonathan Hutson, jhutson [at] bradymail [dot] org

WASHINGTON, DC -- On March 26, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit vacated and agreed to rehear en banc two split 2-1 appeals decisions, one that held San Diego County’s policy restricting the carrying of concealed firearms in public to be unconstitutional, the other denying the Brady Center and the State of California’s motions to intervene to appeal that decision before the en banc Court. The Brady Center moved to intervene in Peruta v. County of San Diego after the Sheriff of San Diego County declined to appeal the decision striking down the County’s concealed firearms policy. The panel decision was contrary to decisions upholding concealed carry laws in Maryland, New Jersey, and New York.

Jonathan Lowy, Director of the Legal Action Project at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, stated:

“Californians are safer now that the Court has vacated this erroneous decision and reinstated reasonable regulations to protect families from loaded, hidden guns in restaurants, parks, streets, and other public places. The Second Amendment does not force the people of California to adopt the corporate gun lobby’s ‘guns everywhere’ vision. The Brady Center looks forward to continuing to fight in Court to defend California’s strong, sensible, and effective gun laws.”

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