“Get ready for a lot of Democratic governors to proclaim they’re following the Supreme Court’s decision while doing everything they can to undermine it.”
Liberal states like California and New York are working to fortify certain gun laws following the Supreme Court’s decision on guns last week.
It should come as no surprise that they would do so.
Cam Edwards writes at Bearing Arms:
Blue states scramble to adjust concealed carry laws after Bruen decision
Get ready for a lot of Democratic governors to proclaim they’re following the Supreme Court’s decision while doing everything they can to undermine it. In the wake of Thursday’s decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen striking down the “may issue” carry laws in states like New York, California, New Jersey, and Maryland, anti-gun politicians are scrambling to drop the requirement that applicants for concealed carry licenses prove a “justifiable need” or “good cause” to carry, but they still want to make it as difficult as possible for citizens to exercise their right to bear arms.
In California, lawmakers are amending legislation to expand the qualifications people must have to obtain a concealed carry permit and to define the places where guns would be off-limits. The revised bill will get its first hearing Tuesday, and lawmakers hope to send it quickly to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who called Thursday’s Supreme Court decision shameful.
Other Democratic governors, lawmakers and state attorneys general also vowed to defend or amend their gun laws.
… In Hawaii, Democratic state Sen. Chris Lee said lawmakers will try to determine how else they can ensure public safety and will look at screening, training requirements and ways to keep guns out of certain public spaces — provisions the justices said would be permitted.
“Bottom line is Hawaii is about to become a more dangerous place,” said state Sen. Karl Rhoads, a Democrat.
Jeremy White of Politico has more:
California moves to fortify concealed carry limits after high court invalidates ‘good cause’ rule
California’s concealed-carry permitting rules will almost certainly become more lax under a U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday nullifying a similar framework in New York — although Democratic elected officials quickly moved to take advantage of where the high court allowed them fortify their laws.
Within hours of the court’s decision to strike down New York’s rules, Democratic Attorney General Rob Bonta and state lawmakers announced legislation that would bar concealed firearms in places like courthouses and schools and require applicants to undergo assessments for whether they are dangerous to others, which could include checking for criminal records and restraining orders. Lawmakers said they hoped to move the bill through the Legislature and to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk as quickly as possible.
Like New York, California has given local law enforcement some discretion in issuing permits — a commonality that Justice Clarence Thomas specifically noted in his opinion. California law requires sheriffs and police departments to consider whether applicants are morally upstanding and have cause for a permit, in addition to imposing a training requirement.
The good cause measure is effectively over in California.
BREAKING: California Attorney General says "effective immediately, issuing authorities should no longer require proof of good cause for the issuance of a public-carry license." pic.twitter.com/8GfQqXuvlJ
— Firearms Policy Coalition (@gunpolicy) June 25, 2022
Stephen Gutowski, one of the most knowledgeable journalists working today in the area of firearms, says if issuing authorities try to drag their feet, it will cost them:
Jurisdictions that try to circumvent the new gun carry licensing rules handed down by SCOTUS through excessive wait times or fees will likely just end up paying lots of money to gun-rights groups when they inevitably lose in court. This won't work as a strategy. https://t.co/BwYAeCshMd
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) June 24, 2022
I have a sneaking suspicion that some blue states will continue looking for ways to ‘resist’ the new rules.DONATE
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