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Constitutional Law

Apr. 12, 2024

Judges leery of circuit split over ‘sensitive spaces’ gun laws

Two judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel asked attorneys for the states and for Second Amendment advocates why they shouldn’t defer to a 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that allowed most of a New York law restricting concealed carry of firearms in a variety of locations, but not on private property open to the public.

A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel appeared inclined Thursday to defer to another circuit and overturn a preliminary injunction barring most provisions – but not all – of California and Hawaii laws barring firearms in “sensitive spaces,” such as parks, libraries and public transit.

Two judges on the panel asked attorneys for the states and for Second Amendment advocates why they shouldn’t defer to a 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

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