U.S. Appeals Court: Concealed Weapon Permit Not Protected By Second Amendment



In what is certain to be a much-debated ruling, a federal appeals court in Colorado handed down a decision Friday that concealed weapons permits are not protected by the Second Amendment.

The Associated Press reported this morning that the ruling—from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals—tossed out a lawsuit by a Washington state man, who claimed his Second Amendment rights were violated when he was denied a concealed weapons permit in Colorado.

Colorado doesn't honor concealed weapons permits from Washington state, due in large part to the fact that Washington doesn't recognize Colorado concealed weapons permits.

The AP reports that the three-judge 10th Circuit panel cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms is not infringed by laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons. In light of our nation's extensive practice of restricting citizens' freedom to carry firearms in a concealed manner, we hold that this activity does not fall within the scope of the Second Amendment's protections."

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