A California law that aimed to prohibit the carrying of firearms in most public places has been temporarily halted by a federal judge. The judge argued that the law violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and undermines people’s right to protect themselves and their families.
Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law in September that was scheduled to go into effect on January 1. This law would have forbidden individuals from carrying concealed firearms in 26 locations, which include public parks, playgrounds, churches, banks, and zoos. The ban would have applied to both permit holders and non-permit holders. However, privately owned businesses could have permitted concealed carry if they displayed signs allowing it.
U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney has issued a preliminary injunction that effectively blocks the law, describing it as “sweeping, repugnant to the Second Amendment, and openly defiant of the Supreme Court.”
The California Rifle and Pistol Association achieved a significant win as the court ruled in their favor, granting their request to halt the implementation of the law. This law aimed to revamp the regulations surrounding concealed carry permits in California, in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen. This ruling prompted various states to take action and revise their own gun laws, with the Supreme Court emphasizing the importance of assessing the constitutionality of such laws based on their alignment with the nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation.
According to the president of the California association, Chuck Michel, progressive politicians in California are unwilling to accept the Supreme Court’s mandate from the Bruen case. They are making various creative attempts to circumvent it. Michel stated, “The Court saw through the State’s gambit.”
According to Michel, the law would have restricted gun permit holders from simply driving across town without violating any restrictions. He believes that the judge’s ruling has ultimately increased the safety of Californians by deterring criminals, as law-abiding citizens now have the ability to defend themselves.
Governor Newsom expressed his determination to continue advocating for more stringent gun regulations.
In a statement Wednesday evening, the governor expressed his disbelief at the ruling, describing it as defying common sense. He criticized the decision for deeming California’s data-backed gun safety efforts as “repugnant.” The governor strongly disagreed with the ruling, arguing that it would allow the proliferation of guns in places like hospitals, libraries, and children’s playgrounds, spaces that should be safe for everyone.
California Attorney General Rob Bonta expressed his disappointment with the ruling and announced his intention to file an appeal.
In a statement, Bonta expressed concern that allowing the decision to stand would put communities at risk, as it would permit guns in places where families and children often gather. According to Bonta, the presence of firearms in sensitive public areas does not enhance community safety, but rather has the opposite effect. He emphasized that an increase in firearms in such locations actually compromises public safety, a claim supported by data. Consequently, Bonta has instructed his team to file an appeal aimed at overturning the decision. He firmly believes that the court’s ruling was erroneous and asserts that SB 2 aligns with the Supreme Court’s guidelines established in Bruen. Seeking to rectify the situation, Bonta intends to seek the opinion of the appellate court.
Governor Newsom has taken on the role of a prominent figure in the fight for gun control, garnering attention as a potential candidate for the presidency. He has actively advocated for and approved several bills aimed at addressing various issues related to gun violence. These measures include cracking down on “ghost guns” that are untraceable, discouraging the marketing of firearms to minors, and granting individuals the ability to file lawsuits pertaining to gun-related violence. It is worth noting that this legislation was modeled after a Texas law that deals with anti-abortion measures.
Carney, a former Orange County Superior Court judge, was appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush in 2003.
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