Restrictions Boston and Brookline, Mass., place on licenses to carry guns in public are constitutional, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held Nov. 2.

The ruling follows the current trend in the circuit courts of upholding restrictions on the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Under the cities’ regulations, a license to carry a gun may only be issued if the applicant has a good reason to fear injury beyond the general public need for self defense....