The argument for and against the right to bear arms is ongoing and will most likely remain that way for some to come. Both sides are determined to have their way; proponents of gun safety laws want to restrict gun ownership and opponents of gun laws cite the 2nd Amendment as their guide regarding who can or cannot own a gun.
The debate is especially contentious when it concerns concealed carry laws. Oregon readers have undoubtedly heard about cases around the country of persons armed with concealed weapons using them to allegedly defend against attackers. For those who want tougher gun laws, these people are an example for why; more weapons will lead to more violence. However, a California court did not align with that argument and recently struck down a ban that restricts the carrying of concealed weapons.
Opponents of the ban were thrilled and called it a win for law-abiding citizens who want to protect themselves in public places. Those who agreed with the ban have vowed to fight to keep the ban in place. For now, the law will remain while the case is appealed. Some experts have stated the case could make it to the Supreme Court.
Those on both sides of the issue believe passionately that their stance is the correct one. Those who favor being able to carry a gun in public believe it is safer for everyone. Those who are against it believe it increases the chances of violent acts with guns. With two group so diametrically opposed to each other, the issue will be playing out in the courts for a long time. Experienced legal professionals can help anyone struggling to understand the civil litigation debates figure out what all the arguments mean.
Source: Los Angeles Times, “Court overturns restrictions on concealed guns in much of California” Maura Dolan and Tony Perry, Feb. 13, 2014