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SCOTUS Declines To Hear California Gun Control Appeal

The high court said Monday it won't rule on a case challenging the constitutionality of California's concealed carry laws.
Posted at 6:18 PM, Nov 05, 2018

The Supreme Court isn't getting involved in a debate about California gun control laws. 

The high court said Monday it won't rule on an appeals case centered on the state's concealed carry regulations.

In California, people can't carry firearms in public, unless they have a valid concealed carry permit. Sheriffs' offices can issue CCW permits if the applicant shows "good cause." That's determined at the sheriff's discretion. 

In the complaint, a pair of Sacramento gun owners claimed they were unconstitutionally denied CCW licenses by a previous sheriff. A lower court ruled that constitutional protections don't apply in this case, and the plaintiffs appealed. 

Because the Supreme Court decided not to hear the appeal, the state's restrictions on carrying concealed handguns in public will be left in place. 

Last year, the high court also declined to hear a similar challenge to California's concealed carry policies.