Guns Owners of America Obtains Preliminary Injunction Against California Prohibition On Carry in “Sensitive Places”

On December 20, 2023, several pro-gun organizations such as Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) obtained a preliminary injunction against California’s prohibition on carrying in “sensitive places.” This prohibition was signed into law by Governor Newsom in complete violation of the 2022 Bruen decision issued by the Supreme Court.  

Judge Cormac Carney reiterated this argument in his ruling, declaring that California’s law is: “sweeping, repugnant to the Second Amendment, and openly defiant of the Supreme Court.” 

In an email released to its members, GOA noted that lawful Californians will will now be able to carry in several locations that were previously prohibited under this anti-gun law, which includes: 

  • Houses of worship; 
  • Playgrounds and parks; 
  • Financial institutions; 
  • Private businesses open to the public;  
  • Public libraries, zoos, and museums; 
  • Public gatherings and special events; 
  • Public transportation; 
  • Casinos, stadiums, and amusement parks; 
  • And medical facilities. 

Erich Pratt, GOA’s Senior Vice President, made the following statement: 

This is great news for Californians. Judge Carney rightfully highlighted that residents want the ability to defend themselves in these increasingly dangerous times. But we can only expect this will serve as fuel for Governor Newsom’s movement to amend the Constitution and gut the Second Amendment, and GOA is fully prepared to push back without hesitation.

Sam Paredes, who spoke on behalf of GOF and in his capacity as the Executive Director of Gun Owners of California, continued by noting:    

“Anti-gun legislatures across the country have insubordinately attacked law-abiding gun owners since the Bruen decision by passing sweeping laws that restrict their ability to carry practically anywhere. As we’ve been warning politicians all along, fall in line, or we will make you.”     

California is a state that is thoroughly hostile to the Second Amendment. According to Guns & Ammo magazine’s best states for gun owners, California is ranked in an abysmal 48th place. At this point, only legal action can reverse the anti-gun insanity that’s afflicting the Golden State. 

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