Downrange: April 2013
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that there is no Second Amendment right to carry a concealed firearm in public. The broad wording of the decision in Peterson v. Martinez creates a far-reaching national precedent against carrying a loaded handgun outside the home. The case began on a challenge by a Washington State man against Colorados law to issue CHL permits only to state residents. But the final ruling held, In light of our nations 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 Amendments protections. The federal court also rejected arguments that Colorados CHL law infringed on the Equal Protection Clause and the Privileges and Immunities Clause.