A federal appeals court on Monday heard arguments in a case that could have wide-ranging implications for Colorado's gun-control laws.
The case involves a Washington-state man named Gray Peterson who sued Colorado and Denver after he was denied a concealed-handgun permit because he is not a resident of the state. Peterson said the denial violates his Second Amendment rights because Denver places restrictions on where people can carry guns without a permit.
If judges at the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, one rung below the U.S. Supreme Court, agree with Peterson, either the Denver law or the state law — or both — could be overturned.
"A near-total ban on the carrying of firearms is unconstitutional," said Matt Bower, an attorney for the National Rifle Association's Civil Rights Defense Fund, which intervened to support Peterson. "That's what we have going on here in Denver."
But an attorney for the state said the challenge is misplaced. In court filings, state attorneys noted that Peterson would still be able to carry a gun in his car or his house.
That State Attorney needs a lesson in common sense. If it's in your house or you car, you're not CARRYING it. 2A grants us the right to own and BEAR arms. Not just to own and STORE arms.