GOC Primed to Challenge Sensitive Places Law

GOC Primed to Challenge Sensitive Places Law

Hawaii Decision Could Directly Impact California’s Parallel Move To Restrict CCW Access 

When an Obama appointed Judge from the state of Hawaii is compelled to follow the guidelines established by the Bruen decision, it’s time for the Left to take notice.

A spot-on ruling last month from Judge Lesli E. Kobayashi of Hawaii’s Federal District Court could signal the death knell for any bill creating CCW “sensitive place” restrictions, such as California’s SB 2.  On August 8, the judge issued a significant and thorough ruling where she correctly used the Bruen test and barred the most significant portions of a Hawaii law (SB 1230) from taking place.

Last summer’s Bruen decision enraged anti-2A politicians, and Left-leaning states immediately began pushing back by introducing legislation that declared vast areas to be “sensitive places,” thus prohibiting lawful CCW holders from carrying a firearm.  Once Hawaii jumped on the bandwagon, Wolford v. Lopez, was brought forth by the Hawaii Firearms Coalition to challenge the law from taking effect.

Immediately, Gun Owners of California, Gun Owners of America, and Gun Owners Foundation – along with valued partners at the Second Amendment Law Center – sprang into action with a powerful amicus (friend of the court) brief – and got a first-class victory.

In fact, Judge Kobayashi quoted GOC’s brief in her 91-page decision, which was key in securing this ruling:

“According to the GOA [and others] Amicus Brief, the vast majority of individuals in the United States with concealed carry permits are law-abiding…” (to read the full decision, click HERE).

With the Legislature controlled by a pack of anti-gun wolves, SB 2 is likely to pass, but GOC, GOA, GOF and our strategic partners at the California Rifle & Pistol Association (CRPA) and the Second Amendment Foundation are set to file a lawsuit to stop SB 2. The win in Hawaii will most assuredly be used as a compelling legal precedent in briefs to block its implementation.