A federal appeals court in San Francisco, of all venues, ruled today that Americans have a constitutional right to carry guns openly outside the home.
According to the three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms” applies not only to possessing handguns at home for self-defense — as declared by the Supreme Court in 2008 — but also to carrying guns openly in public. The ruling applies to nine Western states, including California.
Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, a Republican judge who was appointed to the court by Ronald Reagan, said that while the right to keep arms protects the “core purpose” of the Second Amendment within the home, the separate right to bear arms protects that core purpose outside the home.
“If this ruling stands,” says Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor who has written extensively on firearms laws, “states like Hawaii and California will have to allow far more guns on the streets than they do today.”
I’m really having a hard time believing that this is actually happening. But I can only hope that Trump was right today when he said, “What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”
I finally know what Donald Trump meant by wanting to make America great again. Let’s return to the wild, wild west and the gold rush days, where men were men and real ‘Mercians were free to shoot anything that moved.
Yee haw, yippee ki-yay, motherfucker!