February 13th, 2014

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down California Concealed Carry Restrictions

California Appeals Ninth Circuit CCWCalifornia gun owners can celebrate a major legal victory today. The Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that California’s “good cause” requirement (for handgun carry licenses) is unconstitutional (as least as it is applied in San Diego County). A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that California’s restrictions on handgun carry permits abrogate the right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

According to Fox News: “By a 2-1 vote, the three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said California was wrong to require applicants to show ‘good cause’ to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon.” READ Related story.

“The right to bear arms includes the right to carry an operable firearm outside the home for the lawful purpose of self-defense,” Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain wrote for the majority. The court held that the requirement of “good cause” was both too burdensome and too indefinite to pass muster under the Second Amendment. The San Diego County Sheriffs Department’s requirement that applicants provide documentation to show a “special need” for permits “impermissibly infringes on the Second Amendment right to bear arms in lawful self-defense.” Vague “good cause” requirements, the court determined, could be invoked too broadly, thereby denying citizens the legitimate exercise of their Second Amendment rights.

As the result of this ruling, the appellant, Edward Peruta, may now revive his lawsuit challenging San Diego County’s denial of a concealed weapons permit.

Later in the opinion, however, O’Scannlain wrote: “We are not holding that the Second Amendment requires the states to permit concealed carry. But the Second Amendment does require that the states permit some form of carry for self defense outside the home.”

California Appeals Ninth Circuit CCW

Read Washington Times Analysis of Ninth Circuit Decision on California Gun Laws.

Though this ruling settles the matter in the Ninth Circuit (for now), the U.S. Supreme Court may get involved down the road. The Ninth Circuit’s decision runs contrary to decisions by three other Federal Courts of Appeals regarding issuance standards for firearm carry permits. Accordingly, there is a conflict among the Circuits, which, ultimately, can only be resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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February 13th, 2014

SSG Brandon Green Named MMA Soldier of the Year for 2013

Staff Sergeant (SSG) Brandon Green of the USAMU has been named the Military Marksmanship Association (MMA) 2013 Soldier of the Year (SOY). Green, a native of Covington, Louisiana, received SOY honors at the MMA’s annual meeting last week.

Brandon Green USAMU MMA Soldier of Year

“I’m very proud to be a member of this unit … and proud to be the Soldier of the Year,” said Green, a member of the Service Rifle Section. USAMU marksmen are extremely competitive, Brandon told us: “You have all of these outstanding shooters and anytime they pick up anything it becomes a competition. Whether we’re training on a different range or a different discipline, it’s that world-level competition that drives us to be as good as we are.”

Here is SSG Green with the Tubb 2000 rifle, chambered in .260 Remington, that Brandon used to win the 2013 High Power Championship. The other shooter is Brandon’s younger brother Braxton.
Brandon Green USAMU MMA Soldier of Year

Brandon Green USAMU MMA Soldier of YearGreen won the 2013 NRA National High Power Rifle Championships at Camp Perry, OH. It was his first national championship after several second and third place finishes. Also in 2013, Green captured the Interservice Individual Championship for the fourth time and Brandon was a shooter on the winning USAMU Interservice team. He also helped his team break records and earn team wins at Camp Perry.

Other MMA 2013 Soldier of the Year nominees were: SSG Patrick Franks, Cross Functional Team-Pistol; SSG Daniel Horner, Action Shooting Section; SSG Michael McPhail, International Rifle Section; SPC Reuben Anderson, Custom Firearm Shop; SSG Glenn Eller, Shotgun Team member; SGT John Joss, Paralympics Team member; and SGT Curtis Yetman, Instructor Training Group.

The MMA supports the goals and objectives of the USAMU and provides a link to the history of the unit while hosting ceremonies and social events. The organization has more than 500 members. The USAMU is part of the U.S. Army Accessions Brigade, Army Marketing and Research Group and is tasked with enhancing the Army’s recruiting effort, raising the standard of Army marksmanship and furthering small arms research.

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