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Associated Press

DENVER –  A federal appeals court has ruled that permits allowing people to carry concealed weapons are not protected by the Second Amendment.

The ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was issued Friday in a case involving Washington state resident Gray Peterson.

A federal judge in 2011 tossed out Peterson’s lawsuit filed against Denver and the state’s Department of Public Safety. Peterson claims that being denied a concealed weapons permit because he was not a Colorado resident violated his Second Amendment rights to bear firearms.

According to gun rights groups, Colorado is one of about two dozen states that do not honor concealed weapons permits from Washington state.

Colorado recognizes weapons permits issued by other states, but only for states that recognize Colorado permits. Washington state does not recognize Colorado permits.

The Colorado attorney general’s office was “gratified that the 10th Circuit Court has upheld Colorado state law,” spokeswoman Carolyn Tyler said.

The National Rifle Association did not return a phone call seeking comment and Peterson could not be located for comment.

In its ruling, the three-judge panel cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms is not infringed by laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons.”

“In light of our nation’s extensive practice of restricting citizen’s freedom to carry firearms in a concealed manner, we hold that this activity does not fall within the scope of the Second Amendment’s protections,” the judges ruled.

According to court records, Peterson had permits from Florida and Washington. Peterson said he was a frequent visitor to Denver and needed to carry a firearm during his visits.


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  • the little brother

    meanwhile, in Illinois:
    “The Second Amendment Foundation [Friday] won a significant victory for
    concealed carry when the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a
    December ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that forces Illinois
    to adopt a concealed carry law, thus affirming that the right to bear
    arms exists outside the home.”

  • FreedomCzar

    Liberal judge, B.S. Time to take Colorado, Illinois, NY, and other libtard anti-gun states and stop shipping all firearms, ammunition and supplies to them….including law enforcement agencies. All manufacturers should leave these states permanently.

  • Melissa Katsmom Votano

    Reciprocity folks…..

  • Jeff Nicholson

    I have to agree with the court on this one. CCW permits aren’t covered by The 2nd Amendment because they are a violation of The 2A. There is no asterisk after “…shall not be infringed.” I do not need the State’s permission to exercise a Constitutional Right.

    • ellis_alan69

      Exactly what I have been saying. There is no clauses regarding felon’s either. Everyone, per the constitution has the right to protection and a firearm.


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