The San Francisco Sheriff’s Office has approved an application for a concealed carry permit, months after the Supreme Court of the United States Bruen (2022) decision changed the concealed carry landscape.
Approval for a concealed carry permit is extremely rare in the San Francisco area. People had stopped applying because they were convinced they would never get a permit, according to a report by Breitbart News.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the low approval rate was due to California’s pre-Bruen posture, which required concealed carry permit applicants to demonstrate “good cause” for needing to carry a gun before being issued a permit.
According to the publication, the Supreme Court’s Bruen decision on June 23, 2022, struck down a similar requirement in New York, which required concealed carry applicants to show proper cause before being issued a permit.
Within two weeks of the ruling, Breitbart News noticed that California, Maryland, and New Jersey had all stopped enforcing their arbitrary concealed carry permit issuance requirements.
According to the Chronicle, the concealed carry permit application of Benjamin Zheng, an automobile shop worker, was approved on Friday as a result of this change.
Until now, the San Francisco jurisdiction rarely approved permits, and those who did were almost always politically connected.
For example, “In 1995, the city granted 13 concealed-carry permits, according to records obtained by the Chronicle. That list included three Superior Court judges, a retired U.S. Army general and several attorneys and investigators.”
Ordinary citizens gave up on getting a permit and stopped applying. The end result? “By 2014, fewer than ten people in the city had permits.” Fast forward to 2023, and the Bruen decision has altered the process for obtaining a concealed carry permit.
New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA) v. Bruen centered on permit denials under New York’s concealed carry permit law.
The NYSRPA filed a lawsuit alleging that one of its members was eligible for a concealed carry permit but was denied due to New York’s requirement that concealed carry applicants demonstrate why they need to carry a gun.
The case ultimately addressed the scope of the Second Amendment, specifically whether the right to keep and bear arms applies only in the home or also outside the home.
When the Supreme Court granted cert in the case, the NYSRPA responded: “This case challenges New York’s requirement that applicants demonstrate ‘proper cause’ to carry a firearm.”
“New York regularly uses this requirement to deny applicants the right to carry a firearm outside of their home. The NRA believes that law-abiding citizens should not be required to prove they are in peril to receive the government’s permission to exercise this constitutionally protected right.”