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September 26, 2023                                                                                                                 916-984-1400/916-717-0908


Before Governor Newsom had a chance to officially sign the bill that dramatically restricts lawful gun owners from carrying a concealed weapon in California, a robust group of pro-Second Amendment organizations wasted no time in filing a legal challenge to SB 2.

SB 2, which declares the majority of the state as a “sensitive place” and prohibits lawful CCW holders from carrying a gun, was signed by Governor Newsom today where he outrageously proclaimed that California was “asserting it’s leadership and moral authority.” 

Sam Paredes, Gun Owners of California’s Executive Director said “Newsom citing California as some sort of ‘moral authority’ is the goofiest, most intellectually bankrupt thing I’ve ever heard!  I don’t know what tea leaves he’s reading but when an Obama-appointed Judge makes the point that ‘the vast majority of individuals in the United States with concealed carry permits are law-abiding…’ we know full-well that we have excellent legal standing.  Plus, we also have the Bruen decision firmly in our corner, which explicitly warned against expanding the definition of sensitive places to include vast areas used by the public at-large.”

GOC is eager to move this significant issue forward with such stalwart 2A partners as the California Rifle & Pistol Association, Second Amendment Foundation, the Liberal Gun Club of California and our own Gun Owners of America and Gun Owners Foundation.

From the onset, SB 2 has been an unveiled attempt to restrict how and where lawful individuals can carry a concealed weapon.  It’s clear that last summer’s ruling from the United States Supreme Court in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v Bruen has enraged the gun control community and has been the impetus for a number of proposals across the nation that seek to undermine the decision. Bruen , however, held that a permit to carry a firearm in public to defend yourself and your family is a right, not a privilege. To confirm this point, just weeks ago, an Obama appointed judge cited Bruen and barred the most significant portions of a Hawaii law that mirrors SB 2 from taking place.  (To read more on this case, click HERE)

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