The sheriff of San Diego County in California has decided not to appeal a court decision prompted by a lawsuit filed by Rocky Hill resident and gun rights advocate Ed Peruta.
Sheriff Bill Gore said Friday that once the decision by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals becomes final, his office will issue concealed carry permits in accordance with the ruling.
Peruta, who lives part of the year in San Diego, tried to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon from the San Diego sheriff's department in February 2009. Peruta, who holds firearms permits in Connecticut, Florida and Utah, was denied a license because the sheriff's department found that he did not have "good cause" to possess a license and that he was not a permanent resident of San Diego County.
The "good cause" requirement is what the federal appeals court found troublesome because, in effect, it confers Second Amendment rights only to a select group of people.
Peruta, in his application to the sheriff's department, offered a host of "personal safety" reasons for wanting to obtain a license to carry a firearm. But the sheriff's department had said a concern for one's personal safety did not satisfy the "good cause" requirement.
That finding, the court said in its 2-1 decision, means "the typical responsible, law-abiding citizen in San Diego County cannot bear arms in public for self-defense." The Second Amendment, the court found, "is, in effect, destroyed when exercise of the right is limited to a few people, in a few places, at a few times."