REDDING, Calif. -

A panel of three federal judges overturned a California law that permits counties to restrict conceal/carry permits.  The judges said it was unlawful to deny someone a permit becuase they didn’t demonstrate the need for one.

The ruling said the second amendment doesn’t require someone to demonstrate a need to own a gun, that the right to ownership is given with American citizenship.  The court’s decision stems from a state law enacted in 2012 that made it illegal to carry unloaded guns in public in California.

Although the court ruled you could not be turned down for not demonstrating need for a concealed/carry permit, you can still be turned down for “moral character.”  And it is still up to the county to decide whether you will get the permit.

Your permit can be rejected if the county determines that you have displayed aggressive tendencies, even if those aggressive tendencies were far in the past.

Gun rights advocates say the ruling promotes public safety as more people could be allowed to carry guns with them.  Proponents of gun control say the ruling is dangerous and will only add to more gun violence.

It is a long process and will likely get tied up in courts for several months and potentially even years as it moves through the appeals process.  Some observers believe this could go all the way to the US Supreme Court.