Judge Blocks California’s Public Firearms Ban

(UnitedHeadlines.com) – On Jan. 6, a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel blocked a new California law that bans firearms from being carried in some public places from going into effect as a lawsuit challenging the law proceeds.

The Dec. 30 ruling by the different 9th Circuit panel had allowed the law to take effect Jan 1. The Jan. 6 decision dissolved that panel’s temporary hold on the Dec. 20 ruling by the U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney, which blocked the law from going into effect. In his ruling, Carney said the law violated the Second Amendment. He said the law was “repugnant to the Second Amendment,” adding that it defied a ruling by the Supreme Court.

The California Rifle and Pistol Association’s president stated that the latest ruling means that, for now, “the politicians’ ploy” to circumvent the Second Amendment has been stopped.

In September, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the law, which prohibits gun owners from carrying firearms in 26 types of “sensitive” places, such as banks, churches and playgrounds, even if the person has a concealed carry permit. Unless a business owner posts a sign stating that concealed guns are allowed, the law also prohibits gun owners from carrying a firearm into a privately owned business that is open to the public, such as a restaurant.

Gun rights groups the Gun Owners of America, the Second Amendment Foundation and the Firearms Policy Coalition, along with a group of concealed carry permit holders then sued, stating the new law is unconstitutional.

The battle in California references the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2022 ruling against a similar law in New York that attempted to limit the concealed carry of firearms. In the ruling, the Supreme Court stated gun laws must be “consistent with the nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation.” California Democrats the new law complies with the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Arguments in the lawsuit about the constitutionality of California’s ban are set to begin in April.

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