“WORKAROUNDS” Aimed At Stripping Americans Of Their Gun Rights
(ConservativeInsider.org) – The right to keep and bear arms is a key freedom protected by the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. With this in mind, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) overturned a New York law that limited conceal carry licenses to those citizens who could prove they had “proper cause” to carry a weapon. Now, California may be trying to find a new way to keep these permits out of its citizen’s hands despite the latest ruling.
California AG Highlights Permit Requirements
After SCOTUS ruled 6-3 to overturn the New York law on Thursday, June 23, other states that limited concealed carry permits started looking for ways to continue to not hand them out. California State Attorney General Rob Bonta sent a letter on Friday, June 24 to police chiefs, sheriffs, and city attorneys noting they could no longer deny permits based on the applicant showing “good cause.”
However, Bonta did emphasize that the applicant must still be of “good moral character” to obtain the concealed carry license. Experts have noted, though, that the California government will get to define this “good moral character” requirement, making many nervous the state will continue to limit 2A rights.
California AG Rob Bonta is encouraging state attorneys to essentially defy the Supreme Court to deny concealed carry permits. https://t.co/SXb90zzV46
— Media Research Center (@theMRC) June 27, 2022
Riverside County Sherriff Policy Defines Moral Character
In his letter, Bonta quoted a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department policy that defined a person of “good moral character” as someone who is honest, reliable, has discretion and integrity, as well as the “absence of hatred.” It went so far as to say “fiscal stability” and “profession-specific criteria” can help establish this review of character.
While most Americans would agree these character traits are admirable, the fact a California permit office could deny someone the opportunity to concealed carry because of their occupation or lack of money is concerning.
Will States Continue to Find Workarounds?
Bonta noted in his letter that psychological testing may be required for the issuance of a license and that it is “reasonable” and “constitutional” to ask why someone wants to carry a firearm in public.
As the SCOTUS continues to protect America’s Second Amendment rights to bear arms, authorities in some states will undoubtedly continue to create workarounds to limit their citizen’s access to firearms.
How do you think a California concealed carry permit office defines “good moral character?” Would the applicant have to be pro-choice or pro-government to be considered worthy of a permit? Could the requirements change based on the political beliefs of whoever processes the application?
These are all things the Founding Fathers were trying to avoid when they wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
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