At a time when many liberals are doing their best to remove all guns from the hands of Americans, I was shocked to see two different court cases that upheld concealed carry permits.
In Colorado, the University of Colorado had banned all weapons from the campus. Three students who belonged to Students for Concealed Carry on Campus filed a suit against the university claiming that the university’s ban violated the Concealed Carry Act and provisions in the Colorado Constitution.
A District Court judge dismissed the student’s case. The dismissal was based upon the understanding that the Board of Regents is a statewide authority with its own legislative powers over distinct geographical areas made up of the state’s university system.
The student’s appealed their case to the Colorado Court of Appeals who overturned the District Court’s dismissal. This court ruled that the Concealed Carry Act applied statewide which would include university campuses.
The university and Board of Regents appealed the Court of Appeals ruling and the case then went before the Colorado State Supreme Court. Just a few days ago, the Colorado Supreme Court upheld the Court of Appeals ruling. This gives anyone who holds a proper conceal carry permit that right to carry a firearm on the university campus which is a huge victory for pro-gun rights in Colorado.
The second case involved a suit filed by Raymond Woollard who had applied for a conceal carry permit in Maryland and was denied because he couldn’t provide a good and substantial reason to be allowed to carry a concealed weapon. Woollard’s suit claimed that the superintendent of the state police and Handgun Permit Review Board were violating the Second Amendment right to bear arms when they forced permit applicants to bear the burden of proof for the need to carry a concealed weapon.
In 2002, Woollard was accosted by a thief that had broken into his home. When his concealed carry permit came up for renewal, he listed the incident as the reason to carry a concealed weapon. The review board denied his renewal application because he did not prove to them that he was subject to any threat outside the home.
The suit went before Maryland’s US District Court where Judge Benson Everette ruled that the state of Maryland’s attempt to restrict gun ownership was unconstitutional and violated the Second Amendment. In his ruling, Everette wrote,
“A citizen may not be required to offer a ‘good and substantial reason’ why he should be permitted to exercise his rights. The right’s existence is all the reason he needs.”
At a time it seems that gun ownership is coming under more attacks than ever before, there still seems to be hope for law abiding gun owners. I’m sure if either of these cases had gone before the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeal that the outcomes would have been different. I applaud these judges for ruling on the Constitution and law and not on the popular liberal agenda as so many other judges have been doing.