Tenth Circuit: Concealed Carry Not Protected Under Constitution: Gray Peterson 2nd Amend Appeal Fails

Washington State resident Gray Peterson sued the city of Denver for denying him a concealed carry permit because he is not a Colorado resident. The case went to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Peterson lost. From the report below, it looks like it’s Washington State that has the real problem:


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…

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. Read the entire story at Fox News

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  • montanaconserv

    The Constitution says we have a right to ‘bear’ arms… I guess we’ll just need to open carry then…

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  • Yeah, Montanaconserv, the court doesn’t mention open carry rights in regard to the 2nd Amendment, so this ruling is irrelevant as far as I’m concerned. It just puts the choice back into the states’ hands, where it lies already. Just a very safe middle-of-the-road approach.