Aside from awaiting the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, I have been on pins and needles about the decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen. Thanks to the Supreme Court‘s Thursday morning release of this decision, I need wait no longer.
This decision could not make me happier, not only for all law-abiding gun owners and advocates for our Second Amendment rights, but because I live in the second most restrictive state in the country that enjoys throwing hurdles in front of those who desire to conceal and carry.
Like New York, California’s conceal-carry law is “may issue.” Just like the circumstance of the petitioners in the Bruen case, jurisdictions in California place the burden of proof on the gun owner to show that they are legally and morally fit to conceal-carry, and the applicant must show “just cause” on why he or she needs to obtain a CCW. Dependent upon the jurisdiction, they can also come up with additional measures to restrict law-abiding citizens from obtaining a CCW license. Los Angeles County’s conceal-carry policies make it plain,
“No Carrying a Concealed Weapon License (CCW) should be granted merely for the personal convenience of the applicant.”
According to Bruen that stance is no longer valid.
Governor “Hair Gel” Gavin Newsom wants to strengthen the already restrictive gun laws that do little to prevent gun violence. FBI records show California has had six active shooter incidents this past year, and actually lead the nation in this threat. Newsom also wants to be President of the United States. Now that Bruen is in place, we know that one of his wishes has suffered a mortal blow.
"This is the beginning of a period where we’ll see a wide variety of California gun laws called into question, if not struck down entirely." https://t.co/XD2yhoEmSd
— SFGATE (@SFGate) June 23, 2022
Yes, Yes, a thousand times, Yes!!!! I am here for it.
From The Los Angeles Times:
California’s gun laws are widely viewed as some of the strictest in the country by advocates on both sides of the gun-control debate. But a new Supreme Court ruling puts a number of those laws on shaky constitutional ground.
California imposes a similar requirement for obtaining a concealed-weapon license from the local police or sheriff’s department, along with a long list of restrictions on who can carry a gun and where it can be carried.
Some of those restrictions — for example, the one banning guns in state government offices — aren’t likely to be affected by the ruling, which says the government’s ability to ban guns in “sensitive places” is “settled” law. But other limits on carrying weapons outside the home could wind up in the legal crosshairs.