Judge Blocks California Ban On Public Carrying

A California law attempting to ban the carrying of guns in most public places, including churches and playgrounds, has been blocked. The law would have posed a heavy restriction to anyone, even those with permits from carrying their guns in public.

One of the places public carrying would have been prohibited is in private businesses, as the law requires business to put up a sign saying it allows people to carry before people can carry. Other places like public gatherings, hospitals and clinics, churches, banks, sports venues and even casinos would have been banned for carrying.

In U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney’s ruling, she called the law a violation of the Second Amendment and open defiance of the Supreme Court. In her words, the law was “sweeping, repugnant to the Second Amendment, and openly defiant of the Supreme Court.”

“Although the government may have some valid safety concerns, legislation regulating [concealed carry] permitholders — the most responsible of law abiding citizens seeking to exercise their Second Amendment rights — seems an odd and misguided place to focus to address those safety concerns,” Carney stated.

“They have been through a vigorous vetting and training process following their application to carry a concealed handgun. The challenged SB2 provisions unconstitutionally deprive this group of their constitutional right to carry a handgun in public for self-defense,” he added.

The law was signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom in September. In contest, the California Rifle and Pistol Association sued to block the law.

In reaction to the ruling, he cried out that the ruling “outrageously calls California’s data-backed gun safety efforts ‘repugnant.”

“What is repugnant is this ruling, which greenlights the proliferation of guns in our hospitals, libraries, and children’s playgrounds — spaces which should be safe for all,” he added.

The ruling, however, comes as a victory for the CRPA, whose president, Chuck Michel praised the judge’s ruling, saying, “California progressive politicians refuse to accept the Supreme Court’s mandate from the Bruen case and are trying every creative ploy they can imagine to get around it. The Court saw through the State’s gambit.”

“We are all safer and criminals are deterred when law-abiding citizens can defend themselves,” Michel said further.