“A mandate that residents demonstrate an ‘urgent necessity for self-protection’ to get authorization to publicly carry a handgun doesn’t run afoul of U.S. constitutional protections of the right to bear firearms, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled yesterday.” The bloomberg.com report doesn’t gloat—because it doesn’t have to. “The justifiable need standard is a longstanding regulation that enjoys presumptive constitutionality,” the panel wrote. (As was slavery.) In other words, “The appellate judges upheld that ruling, finding the New Jersey permit law was a ‘presumptively lawful, longstanding regulation and therefore does not burden conduct within the scope of the Second Amendment’s guarantee.” The good news: “In 1981, just three states — Maine, Washington and Vermont — let residents carry weapons in public without giving a reason. Today, about 40 states do.” Let? Oy.