California: Circuit court to hear oral arguments on gun rights case

Howard Mintz for San Jose Mercury News reports:

In a hearing set for Tuesday in San Francisco, a special 11-judge federal appeals court panel will consider whether to side with the gun lobby’s effort to dramatically loosen California’s restrictions on carrying concealed firearms.

While the case involves challenges to regulations in San Diego and Yolo Counties, it has implications for local gun control efforts across the state, including most Bay Area counties that have similar restrictions in place.

And depending on how the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules, the outcome could force the U.S. Supreme Court to address what many legal experts consider one of the most important unresolved issues in the gun debate — how far the constitutional right to bear arms extends outside the home.

“It may be the biggest unanswered question in the Second Amendment,” said UCLA law professor Adam Winkler. “This is a big question and an important one.”

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