FPC WIN: Federal Judge Blocks California’s SB2 Handgun Carry Bans

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SANTA ANA, CA (December 20, 2023) – Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced that Federal District Judge Cormac J. Carney issued a preliminary injunction in its Carralero v. Bonta lawsuit, blocking enforcement of California’s newest ban on firearm carry. The opinion can be viewed at FPCLegal.org.

“SB2’s coverage is sweeping, repugnant to the Second Amendment, and openly defiant of the Supreme Court,” Judge Carney wrote in his opinion. “ SB2 turns nearly every public place in California into a ‘sensitive place,’ effectively abolishing the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding and exceptionally qualified citizens to be armed and to defend themselves in public.”

“This is a great day for Californians and human liberty,” said FPC President Brandon Combs. “Today’s decision is yet another FPC win preventing tyrants like Attorney General Bonta from putting you in prison for exercising your fundamental rights. The court’s decision is both well-reasoned and the required result under the Constitution and binding Supreme Court precedent. As an aside, we hope Governor Hair Gel is getting used to losing so much and look forward to hearing him cry harder as we dismantle California’s immoral and unconstitutional gun control regime.”

This significant victory follows similar FPC wins in New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. FPC will continue our important work to free individuals from authoritarian bondage in California and other repressive states across the nation.

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Challengers in the case include FPC, Orange County Gun Owners PAC, San Diego County Gun Owners PAC, California Gun Rights Foundation, and three individuals. They are represented by Bradley Benbrook and Stephen Duvernay of Benbrook Law Group.

The injunction prevents enforcement of California’s carry bans in the following locations:

  1. Hospitals, mental health facilities, nursing homes, medical offices, urgent care facilities, and other places where medical services are customarily provided
  2. Public transportation
  3. Establishments where intoxicating liquor is sold for consumption on the premises
  4. Public gatherings and special events
  5. Playgrounds and private youth centers
  6. Parks and athletic facilities
  7. Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of Fish and Wildlife property, except hunting areas
  8. Casinos and gambling establishments
  9. Stadiums and arenas
  10. Public libraries
  11. Amusement parks
  12. Zoos and museums
  13. Churches, synagogues, mosques, and other places of worship
  14. Financial institutions
  15. Any other privately owned commercial establishment that is open to the public, unless the operator clearly and conspicuously posts a sign indicating that license holders are permitted to carry firearms on the property.
  16. Parking areas as they pertain to California Penal Code § 26230

Individuals who would like to join the FPC Grassroots Army and support important pro-rights lawsuits and programs like these can sign up at JoinFPC.org. Individuals and organizations wanting to support charitable efforts in support of the restoration of Second Amendment and other natural rights can also make a tax-deductible donation to the FPC Action Foundation. For more on FPC’s lawsuits and other pro-Second Amendment initiatives, visit FPCLegal.org and follow FPC on Instagram, X (Twitter), Facebook, YouTube.

Firearms Policy Coalition (firearmspolicy.org), a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, exists to create a world of maximal human liberty, defend constitutional rights, advance individual liberty, and restore freedom. FPC’s efforts are focused on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and adjacent issues including freedom of speech, due process, unlawful searches and seizures, separation of powers, asset forfeitures, privacy, encryption, and limited government. The FPC team are next-generation advocates working to achieve the Organization’s strategic objectives through litigation, research, scholarly publications, amicus briefing, legislative and regulatory action, grassroots activism, education, outreach, and other programs.

FPC Law (FPCLaw.org) is the nation’s first and largest public interest legal team focused on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and the leader in the Second Amendment litigation and research space.

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