The Ninth Circuit did us a solid yesterday. In Edward Peruta v. County of San Diego (9th Cir. Feb. 13, 2014), the Court held, 2-1, that California's restrictions (as applied in San Diego County) on firearm carry in public improperly infringe upon the Second Amendment's guarantee of a citizen's right to keep and bear arms. At least in the more populated counties of California, you essentially cannot obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon; almost no cause (other than being best buddies with the Sheriff or a prominent politician) is good enough. Los Angeles County and Los Angeles City are both on the extreme end of this construction. But this gives me hope that when I choose to carry a weapon for self defense, it will be a lawful act. I am not suggesting, by the way, that I would ever choose to act in an unlawful manner; I'm just looking forward to the time when fewer of my rights will be implicitly negated by impossible requirements attached to their exercise.
The discussion of what it means to "bear" arms, in the historical context, is highly entertaining.