Judge Knocks Down California Ban on Carrying Guns in Public Places

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A broad California statute that would have prohibited the carrying of firearms nearly everywhere in public, including churches and playgrounds, was struck down by a federal magistrate.

In his ruling, United States District Judge Cormac Carney censured the legislation, stating that it flagrantly contravened the Second Amendment and brazenly challenged the authority of the Supreme Court.

Access to carry firearms in public would have been severely restricted under the law, including permit holders.

“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 said in the ruling.

In September, following the signature of California Governor Gavin Newsom, the law was challenged in court by the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA).

Also criticizing the law’s restrictions on licensed gun owners were the judge and an appointee of George W. Bush.

Possession of firearms in private establishments would have been prohibited by law, unless the establishment conspicuously displayed a sign granting such access.

Parking lots, public gatherings, parks and playgrounds, sports venues, casinos, churches and clinics, public transportation, and institutions would have all been prohibited from carrying firearms.

The judge’s ruling is expected to be appealed by State Attorney General Rob Bonta, who is a Democrat.

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