U.S. Appeals Court Rules Right to Open Carry Constitutional

George Young, filed a law suit after Hawaiian officials denied his him a permit to carry a gun outside. Hawaii officials claimed that the 2nd Amendment only applies to guns kept at home.  A District Court ruled that the denial did not infringe rights protected by the Second Amendment, but the Ninth Circuit panel disagreed.

The ruling by 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, makes this the sixth U.S. circuit court to interpret the Second Amendment this way and could set the issue on a path toward the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling comes a week after a Ninth Circuit panel upheld the ruling which blocked California’s “high capacity” magazine ban.

According to Alan Beck, a lawyer for Mr. Young, said he believed the question about openly carrying firearms would eventually end up before the Supreme Court.