A federal appeals court agreed Thursday to reconsider a decision that made it easier to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris had appealed the 2-1 decision in February 2014 by a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down a policy of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. The department had required applicants to show "good cause" why they needed a concealed weapon permit.
The 2-1 decision said the policy was overly restrictive.The court's order is available here.
I blogged about this case -- Peruta v. County of San Diego -- back in February, 2014 when the Ninth Circuit struck down San Diego's policy requiring a good cause showing for concealed firearm permits.
As I mentioned when I discussed the case last year, this grant of en banc review may lead to a reversal of the decision, which could lessen the impact this case has had on a circuit split over the Second Amendment's protection for carrying concealed firearms. If that happens, the chances of Peruta making it before the United States Supreme Court could be reduced.
Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how an en banc panel ends up treating this case. And this grant of review is at least a guarantee that there will be some notable Second Amendment news coming out of the federal appellate courts in the near future.