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Charles Nichols is a proponent of open carry.  In 2011, he filed a Federal Civil Rights lawsuit seeking to overturn California’s 1967 ban on openly carrying loaded firearms in public for the purpose of lawful self-defense.  Oral argument in his case took place on February 15, 2018, before a three-judge panel of the 9th circuit court of appeals. Charles follows court cases relating to The Second Amendment and tells us what they really mean instead of what reporters, who have never read the decisions in the cases, say they mean.

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Attorney Alan Gura May Have Fumbled Another Second Amendment Case

Mr. Gura's new concealed carry lawsuit will make the same mistakes as his old lawsuit plus new mistakes. He should limit his lawsuits to challenging bans.

HELP WANTED: Competent Second Amendment Lawyer – Inquire Within

We are one heart attack or retirement away from losing the 5-4 majority, and then the Second Amendment window closes. The gun-rights groups will be to blame.

Florida Moves One Step Closer to Repealing 1987 Open Carry Ban

Florida House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee approved the bill, CS/HB 163, in a 7-6 vote with two RINO Republicans voting against the bill.

US Supreme Court Postpones Decisions on Gun-Rights Cases

The US Supreme Court announced it has again postponed a decision on whether or not it will grant the petitions in three separate Second Amendment appeals.

Supreme Court May Have Finally Found Its Next Second Amendment Case

The question for the court is simple. Is the possession or carrying of a firearm by default lawful or unlawful under the Second and Fourteenth Amendments?

National Rifle Association Drops Lawsuit against San Francisco

Having read so many of their briefs I can predict one of the things NRA lawyers will say in their challenge to the City of Los Angeles magazine ban.

The Future of the Second Amendment in California and Hawaii

One can only hope that the en banc decision is published soon but there is no time limit for the court to issue its decision and may take years.

The Future of Open Carry in California Looks Bright

Will liberal judges uphold a 1967 ban on openly carrying loaded firearms enacted specifically to prevent Blacks and other minorities from openly carrying?

State of California Concedes Second Amendment Extends Outside the Home

Circuit Judge Carlos Bea asked California Solicitor General to clarify that the Second Amendment core right defined in the Supreme Court Heller decision can apply outside the home.

Second Amendment En Banc Decision Expected This Summer

A majority decision of the 11 judge en banc panel of the 9th Circuit in the combined cases of Peruta v. San Diego and Richards v. Prieto requires six votes

NRA Opposes Open Carry – NRA Now Takes Credit for Texas...

Charles Nichols reports that the NRA, which opposed Open Carry, claims credit for the law - openly carrying loaded firearms in public for self-defense.

Four Years Ago Today: Is Open Carry The Right Guaranteed By...

The battle continues. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge granted my Amicus motion in the combined en banc cases of Peruta v. San Diego and Richards v. Prieto

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Against Ban on Publicly Carrying Loaded Firearms

As it is illegal to possess a firearm in public for the purpose of self-defense in California, it is impossible to use one for self-defense unless it falls from the sky.

CA Attorney General Says Second Amendment Justifies Racist Law

After the Los Angeles Watts' Riot of 1965, two Black men formed the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in Oakland California. On several occasions they and their supporters confronted police and government officials while openly bearing arms.

9th Circuit Issues Important Gun-Rights Decision

The case decided today was US v. Chovan (11-50107). Mr. Chovan had been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence which results in a lifetime ban on the possession of firearms...

Concealed Carry Will Be At Most A Hollow Victory In California

Anyone who has a permit to carry a firearm, loaded or unloaded, openly or concealed, must now check the local laws of every city and county he finds himself or risk arrest...

US Supreme Court Turns Down Concealed Carry Appeal

The case was Woollard v. Gallagher and arose out of a challenge to a Maryland law in the Federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Maryland law requires a 'good and substantial reason' for a permit to carry a handgun in public.

Good News and Bad News for the Second Amendment in California

The attorney for Peruta argued that the court should avoid deciding whether there is a right to carry a loaded handgun openly or concealed.

Is It Unlawful for Persons Not Born in The US to...

If not, then the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will deliver its opinion around the end of the year.