In a 2-1 decision, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that by requiring citizens to prove “good cause” — rather than just the right to self-defense — in order to obtain a concealed weapons permit, San Diego County is in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution.
If the decision stands, the permit system for the entire state of California would be invalidated, the Washington Post reports.
California state law also requires gun owners who apply for a concealed weapons permit to show “good cause” as to why they want to carry a firearm.
The permit process would still be left up to individual cities and counties if the ruling holds.