SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A U.S. judge on Monday upheld California’s near total ban on carrying firearms in public, though protests in other states have seen counter-protesters armed with weapons.
U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller denied reviewing a 2017
federal appeals court ruling that upheld the law, which bans the transport of concealed weapons in most urban areas and does not allow hand-carried transportation open only if someone thinks a person is in immediate danger and law enforcement has not responded, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
However, Mueller also said gun owners could take legal action against California over the ban pending a court hearing next month involving another open transportation ban in Hawaii.
A jury of 11 judges at the U.S.
9th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to consider a challenge to the law on September 24, which in effect only allows police and security officers to openly carry guns. There are at least several months before any decision is made, but it would be binding in nine states, including California.
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Amy Bellantoni, an attorney for gun owners, said she could ask the appeals court to suspend California law enforcement while their case is pending, the Chronicle reported.
Most states allow the open transport of firearms.
These include Wisconsin, where an anti-racist protest over the police shooting on Jacob Blake resulted in the murder of two protesters and the arrest of Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, of Illinois, who carried a gun while ‘he was not legally of legal age. own a gun.
Amy Bellantoni, an attorney for gun owners, said she could ask the appeals court to suspend California law enforcement while their case is pending.