Court blocks California gun law that bans firearms in most public places

An injunction by a federal judge last month will be in effect, blocking the law from being enacted for the time being.

A new California law that banned people from carrying firearms in most public places has been blocked again in court. 

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is currently hearing a challenge to Senate Bill 2. 


The backstory: SB 2 was signed into law last year by California Gov. Gavin Newsom. 

  • The law prohibits Californians from carrying concealed guns in 26 “sensitive places,” which includes hospitals, playgrounds, stadiums, zoos, places of worship and privately owned commercial establishments. 

The big picture: Last Saturday a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel dissolved an order from another panel that had allowed the law to take effect on Jan. 1. 

  • Gun rights groups, which have sued California Attorney General Rob Bonta over the law, had asked the 9th circuit to reconsider the order to suspend the injunction on the law. 
  • That injunction was put in place by U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney in December, who ruled that the law violates the Second Amendment. Carney ruled that gun rights groups would likely prevail in the lawsuit to prove that it is unconstitutional. 
  • California appealed Carney’s ruling, and a hearing on the injunction is set for April. 

What they’re saying: “This dangerous decision puts the lives of Californians on the line,” Newsom’s office said in a statement. 

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