Federal Court decides there is no right to conceal a firearm

A federal appeals court has ruled that permits allowing people to carry concealed weapons are not protected by the Second Amendment.

The ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit was issued Friday in a case involving a Washington State resident, Gray Peterson.

A federal judge in 2011 tossed out Mr. Peterson’s lawsuit filed against Denver and Colorado’s Department of Public Safety. He claimed that being denied a concealed-weapons permit because he was not a Colorado resident violated his Second Amendment rights to bear firearms.

According to gun rights groups, Colorado is one of about two dozen states that do not honor concealed weapons permits from Washington State.

Colorado recognizes weapons permits issued by other states, but only for states that recognize Colorado permits. Washington State does not recognize Colorado permits…

In its ruling, the three-judge panel cited a 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 citizen’s 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,” the judges ruled.

Bravo! In all my days as a commercial traveler, I always had a handgun with me – in my car or taken into whichever cheap motel my budget allowed for. If you ever lived much on the road in America, you might note this as a necessity – but, I won’t go into all the reasons.

Point being, in the states I most often traveled – Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Texas – my car was treated like a home as was my motel room. Nary a problem with the law. And I never felt I needed to carry a concealed handgun.

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