To the Editor:
The Federal Ninth District Court of appeals, which sits in San Francisco and is known as the “nutty” Ninth because it has had, from 1999 to 2008, 61 percent of its rulings overturned and 19 percent vacated by the Supreme Court, finally got something right. The Ninth’s liberal ideology leans slightly to the left of Mao Zedong and they have been noticeably hostile to anything connected with the private ownership of firearms.
On July 24, 2018, the Ninth overturned a lower court ruling from Hawaii, which denied George Young, a resident, the right to openly carry a firearm for self defense. The appeals court ruled that the Second Amendment protects this right with the words “keep and bear arms.” Hawaii County has not issued a concealed-carry permit for over 20 years, and by not issuing these permits and denying open carry they have run afoul of both D.C. v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago.
No doubt this three-judge panel decision will be reviewed by the entire Ninth en-banc, then on to SCOTUS.
There will be, predictably, much gnashing of teeth and wailing in the wilderness by the anti-constitutional liberal element, especially with the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to SCOTUS on the horizon.