GOA, GOF File Second Lawsuit Challenging California’s Bruen Response Law
By Walter Smoloski
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2023
Washington, D.C. — Today, Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) joined Gun Owners of California (GOC) and several other plaintiffs in filing a second lawsuit challenging California’s concealed carry statutes.
The state’s latest revisions to their unconstitutional concealed carry policies were passed in response to the Bruen decision (which ended the state’s draconian “may-issue” policy). Among other provisions, SB 2 would:
Enact highly restrictive “sensitive locations” where concealed carrying would be prohibited, including all private property unless expressly permitted by the owner;
Require 16 hours of training;
Allow local authorities to require a psychiatric evaluation;
And significantly increase the costs associated with securing a permit.
In September, GOA and GOF filed their first suit against the law, which specifically challenged the draconian “sensitive location” prohibitions. Today’s lawsuit challenges the psychiatric evaluation, excessive fees, and extensive wait times currently imposed by several local police departments on Californians trying to secure a permit.
In addition, the lawsuit challenges the fact that non-residents have no means to lawfully conceal carry in California, as there is neither reciprocity for other state permits nor a means for non-residents to secure a California issued permit.
California’s new law is similar in nature to the poorly named Concealed Carry Improvement Act in New York, which GOASource: Gun Owners of America