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Old February 23, 2013, 03:19 PM   #10
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Please help me understand the significance of this ruling.

Prior to this ruling, state laws permitting concealed carry (shall issue laws) were just that, laws passed by the state legislature and signed by the respective governor. Thus, shall issue was a state-by-state political battle. The courts did not prohibit it, but neither did they require it.

Assuming the 10th circuit has the final say on this matter, what has changed? 38 states were "shall issue" and 38 states would still be "shall issue". Getting the last 12 states to become shall issue was going to be a political battle, and it would still be so under this ruling.

So is this a loss? or more of an affirmation of the status quo? Or am I missing something?
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