Gun-packing issue heads for high court
December 17, 2012
A heated debate on the “rights” of Americans to be armed in public may be drawing closer to scrutiny from the U.S. Supreme Court. (San Francisco Chronicle)
The argument, which has been wending its way through lower courts, takes on new meaning in the wake of last week’s tragedy in Connecticut in which 26 people were killed by a heavily-armed, mentally disturbed youth.
Such an examination may be prompted by a controversial recent decision by a federal appeals court panel in Chicago which tossed out a statewide ban on carrying concealed weapons.
That ruling contrasted with numerous other appeals court-level decisions which generally have supported gun-control efforts by local and state jurisdictions. Contrasting rulings set the stage for high court consideration.
About 40 states currently allow public gun carrying, excluding California, New York, and a few others where laws and regulation curtail the practice.
Wayne LaPierre, chief executive officer of the National Rifle Association, remains adamant about what he considers “a God-given right.”
“The only thing to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he told reporters recently.