Earlier this month the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco overturned an earlier decision of a smaller panel of the same Court and ruled that the Second Amendment does not guarantee the right of gun owners to carry concealed weapons in public places. Gun advocates were quick to condemn the ruling.
This decision will leave good people defenseless, as it completely ignores the fact that law-abiding Californians who reside in counties with hostile sheriffs will now have no means to carry a firearm outside the home for personal protection.
— Chris W.Cox, NRA Legislative Action
The ruling of the Ninth Circuit is in line with Appeals Court decisions in other districts across the country. Some observers feel that the issue will eventually end up before the Supreme Court for a final resolution, while other believe the Appeal Court rulings will stand.
It should not be minimized how big a victory this was for gun control advocates. Not only does it affirm the constitutionality of restrictive conceal-carry laws in California’s major cities, it also makes it less likely the Supreme Court will step in.
— Adam Winker, UCLA School of Law
Gun control initiative on California November ballot
The Safety for All Initiative will be on the California ballot this fall. The measure would prohibit the possession of large capacity ammunition magazines and require most individuals to pass a background check to purchase ammunition. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced the measure following the San Bernardino terrorist attack last December. A statewide Field poll released in January 2016 showed 57% of California voters support greater controls on gun ownership.
Gun control to be major issue in 2016 campaign
Even before the tragic events in Orlando last weekend, gun control was certain to be one of the major issues in the 2016 presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton has clearly staked out a position that calls for strengthening background checks and closing loopholes in the current system. Clinton has advocated for a ban on assault type weapons. Trump and others have argued that if some of the victims in the Orlando shooting had carried a concealed weapon they might have been able to lessen the number of casualties.
NRA endorses Donald Trump
Trump has sought and received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association, which remains opposed to any changes in existing gun control laws.
The second amendment to our constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.
— Donald J. Trump
Surveys show Americans increasingly support restrictions on the sale of assault type weapons and ammunition. At the same time, Americans are opposed to restrictions on their right to purchase and own handguns and sporting rifles. Gallup reports that 41% Americans have at least one gun in their home.