Growing Defiance in Connecticut, Victory in California
By Harold Hutchison
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that California’s law requiring that those seeking permits to carry concealed firearms show “good cause” before obtaining a permit is unconstitutional in a 2-1 ruling.
According to media reports, the ruling stated, “the right to bear arms includes the right to carry an operable arm outside the home for the lawful purpose of self-defense” and that the Second Amendment protected the rights of “a woman toting a small handgun in her purse as she walks through a dangerous neighborhood or a night-shift worker carrying a handgun in his coat as he travels to and from his job site” to protect themselves.
Meanwhile, in Connecticut, more details are emerging on what appears to be widespread defiance of the registration requirement in the law passed in the middle of the night last year. in the Hartford Courant, Dan Haar wrote that the number of rifles not registered “could be as little as 15 percent of the rifles classified as assault weapons owned by Connecticut residents, according to estimates by people in the industry, including the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation.”
The defiance could total as many as 350,000 semi-automatic firearms. The figures also show that less than 40,000 people have registered detachable magazines that hold more than ten rounds.