Brandishing words such as ‘reckless’, ‘catastrophe’ and ‘dangerous’, California lawmakers reacted negatively to Thursday’s announcement by the US Supreme Court that New York’s requirement that a person must presenting “good cause” before receiving a license to carry firearms in public is unconstitutional.
Governor Gavin Newsom said, “While this reckless move erases a common sense gun safety law that has existed for decades, California has anticipated this moment. Our administration is working closely with the Attorney General and the Legislature for months.Our state is ready with a bill that will be heard next week to update and strengthen our public porting law and bring it into compliance with the Supreme Court’s ruling, just as the judge in Chief Roberts and Judge Kavanaugh said states like California are free to do so.”
“But don’t get me wrong: it’s a sweeping decision. Today’s court thinks gun regulations should be frozen in time, and if there weren’t a similar law in the 1700s or 1800s, so a state can’t adopt it now, no matter how important it is to protect people from the modern horror of gun violence.”
Newsom said he expects to have 16 new gun safety bills soon, “including a bill that will allow individuals to sue gun manufacturers and distributors for having violates some gun laws. I look forward to signing all of these bills into law. California has proven that common sense gun laws save lives, and we will continue to stand up to those in power policies that enable and coddle the gun industry.”
California Attorney General Rob Bonta said in a statement that carrying a loaded firearm, openly or concealed, is generally prohibited in most public places unless a person has received a license obtained by applying to local law enforcement.
Thursday’s opinion will likely change that, but Bonta said the other requirements remain intact.
“Individuals can obtain a license through a sheriff or police chief after: a successful background check, completion of a firearms safety course and proof of residency, employment or business in the county or county town,” Bonta said. “These laws were created and passed with the unique needs of Californians in mind.”
US Senator Alex Padilla, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement, “Today’s decision will make our communities less safe, plain and simple. At the same time that the Senate is proposing bipartisan legislation to tackle America’s gun violence crisis, the far-right majority on the Supreme Court has chosen to exacerbate it.
“This dangerous decision misinterprets the Constitution and jeopardizes gun safety laws in a number of states, including California, which has some of the most effective gun safety measures in the country.
“The majority of Americans want sensible gun reform. Everyone deserves to live fearlessly in their schools, grocery stores, places of worship and neighborhoods. keeping our communities safe,” Padilla said.
Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-05) is the chair of the Task Force on Preventing Gun Violence in the Home. He released a statement, saying, “By striking down New York’s Concealed Carry Permit Act, the Supreme Court robs states of their ability to make gun regulations to keep their citizens safe. New York law had been in effect for more than 100 years Today’s Extreme Decision undermines states’ authority to regulate gun use and will lead to more gun violence .
San Francisco Mayor London Breed released a statement saying the city would review its licensing requirements in light of the ruling.
“At a time when too many families are grieving and we are experiencing unprecedented levels of gun violence in our communities, the Supreme Court is making decisions that continue to set us back,” Breed said. “I am deeply disappointed with today’s decision. In San Francisco, we will continue to partner with community organizations to ensure guns are removed from the streets because we know we are safer. and stronger without them.”
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo also released a statement, saying “the Supreme Court’s decision will create nightmares for city police departments struggling to keep cities safe amid gun possession. almost ubiquitous. If gun ownership cannot be regulated, then our focus must shift. The imperative is growing for sensible gun regulation that reduces the risk of firearm injury.”
San Jose requires gun owners to purchase insurance, and the city reinvests gun fees into mental health, domestic violence prevention and other services.