As noted by Eugene Volokh, there are two other cases dealing with “may issue” moving through the 9th Circuit: Baker v. Kealoha, challenging a similarly restrictive gun licensing regime in Hawaii, and Richards v. Prieto, which does the same for Yolo County in California.
In both of those cases the rulings were favorable to the parties challenging the restrictive licensing. In those cases, however, the losing defendants have sought en banc rehearing of those decisions, a request still under consideration.
So, we’re not done with the 9th Circuit on “may issue” quite yet, folks.
I wanted Andrew’s take on this issue since he is a wee bit better versed than most of us. Basically, we ain’t done fighting yet, much less won it.