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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.
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.
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...
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.
The attorney for Peruta argued that the court should avoid deciding whether there is a right to carry a loaded handgun openly or concealed.
If not, then the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will deliver its opinion around the end of the year.