The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to review a California law restricting concealed carry permits.
After postponing the order multiple times, the nation’s highest court rejected a review of Peruta v. California. In the case, gun rights activists argued that a “good cause” requirement on concealed carry permits is too restrictive.
Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch said the court should have reviewed the appellate ruling. Thomas said the decision not to hear the case "reflects a distressing trend: the treatment of the Second Amendment as a disfavored right."
What is this case about?
At issue in this case is concealed carry and whether a county can define “good cause” to carry a weapon outside of one’s home as strictly as some California counties — specifically San Diego — do.
Edward Peruta and other gun owners reportedly attempted to obtain concealed carry permits in San Diego County, Calif. However, the sheriff’s department — which handles permit requests — requires a specific “good cause” to obtain the permits, Fox News previously reported.
That “good cause” must be more specific than just a general concern for wellbeing; a person must list a precise fear, such as domestic violence or carrying a large amount of money.
What were other rulings?
A three-judge panel on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in 2014 that the policy stood in violation of the right to self-defense.
However, 11 judges in the same circuit later ruled 7-4 in a new hearing that the restrictions were permissible.
What’s next for this case?
The nation’s highest court hasn’t always been so willing to take up Second Amendment cases, Law Newz reported earlier this month. And this particular case has been rescheduled multiple times.
The high court decided in 2008 that the Constitution guarantees the right to a gun, at least for self-defense at home.
But the justices have refused repeated pleas to spell out the extent of gun rights in the United States, allowing permit restrictions and assault weapons bans to remain in effect in some cities and states.
More than 40 states already broadly allow gun owners to be armed in public.
With the Supreme Court declining to review the case, the California law will remain in place.
The high court also turned away a second case involving guns and the federal law that bars people convicted of crimes from owning guns.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.