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By Investigative Reporter, Linda Sutter – December 28, 2023

In June 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen. In a 6-3 ruling, the Court struck down New York’s century-old public carry licensing law and announced a radical new framework for evaluating 2nd Amendment challenges.

Bruen expanded the right of Americans to bear arms as guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. More accurately, the Court significantly curtailed a state’s ability to restrict citizens’ right to carry firearms publicly for their self-defense.

What is the Bruen response bill?

Upon Newsom’s signature, the bill will make California the latest state to retaliate against the Supreme Court by cracking down on licensed gun carry. The High Court’s Bruen decision rendered California’s previous subjective “may-issue” permitting system unconstitutional (Sep 12, 2023).

A U.S. District Court on Oct. 19, 2023, ruled that California’s “assault weapons ban” is unconstitutional.

What was the significance of the Bruen decision?

While the Supreme Court’s Bruen decision lifted most state restrictions on the public carrying of weapons, it also did something much more significant. It changed the way in which courts must judge 2nd Amendment challenges to gun regulations and restrictions (Feb 8, 2023).

Does the 2nd Amendment apply to all weapons?

The text of the Second Amendment says that “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” It doesn’t give any limitations on types of weapons. DC v Heller held that the 2nd Amendment applies to “all weapons in common use.” Aug 2, 2022

What guns are not protected by the 2nd amendment?

Machine guns, the Supreme Court has said, can be banned. In Heller it said M-16s and the like can be banned and so machine guns, even if they were, say frequently used by sport shooters, they would still not get constitutional protection because they’re dangerous and they’re unusual.

What are two SCOTUS cases involving guns?

There have been two landmark Supreme Court rulings on the 2nd Amendment in recent years: District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago.

Currently, one California county, through the Board of Supervisors, developed a resolution. This resolution supports the 2nd Amendment. In order to make California a state of acceptance, we must band together to support the 2nd Amendment Gun rights of our residents.

Why have our current Supervisors dropped the ball on this very important law-abiding freedom?

The Supervisors took an affirmed Oath of Office, which includes supporting and defending the United States Constitution, in its entirety, including the 2nd Amendment, against all enemies foreign and domestic.

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