Tenth Circuit finds no Second Amendment right to concealed weapons Alison Sacriponte at 2:51 PM ET
[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that permits to carry concealed weapons are not protected by the Second Amendment [text]. The case involved a Washington state resident who filed a lawsuit against Denver and Colorado's Department of Public Safety [official website]. He was denied a concealed weapons permit since he was not a Colorado resident, and he claimed it violated his Second Amendment rights. A federal judge dismissed his case in 2011, and the appeals court decided that carrying concealed firearms is not protected by the Second Amendment or the Privileges and Immunities Clause, nor is the right of people to keep and bear arms infringed upon by laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons. The judge reasoned:
Given that the concealed carrying of firearms has not been recognized as a right, and the fact that concealed carry was prohibited for resident and non-resident alike for much of our history, we cannot declare this activity sufficiently basic to the livelihood of the Nation.
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