Even before California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB2 into law on Tuesday, the “carry killer” legislation was already facing a court challenge. On today’s Bearing Arms Cam & Co, attorney Tiffany Cheuvront with Michel & Associates joined me with the details on May v. Bonta as well as her reaction to the governor’s latest attack on the right to keep and bear arms.
The anti-2A animosity was on full display during the governor’s press conference announcing the signing of SB 2 and two other gun control bills on Tuesday, with SB2 sponsor and state senator Anthony Portantino taking delight in informing gun owners that, starting on January 1st, their right to bear arms in self-defense will basically be limited to sidewalks (and a handful of other locations not specifically off-limits to lawful gun owners). According to Cheuvront, even some sidewalks will become “gun-free zones” depending on their proximity to other prohibited places like schools, daycares, hospitals, and a host of other new “sensitive places” where lawmakers claim the right to carry doesn’t exist.
“They’ve basically done exactly what the Supreme Court said in Bruen they should not do, which is make this huge swath of non-carry areas where it’s off-limits to lawful gun owners to carry. It’s an individual right to carry a firearm according to the Supreme Court in the Bruen case, outside the home, and California has gone to the extreme once again and said ‘we’re going to say all of these places are sensitive places’.”
That includes many locations where law enforcement typically isn’t present, but have posed inviting targets to active shooters and violent criminals in the past.
“They even gave examples like a grocery store,” Cheuvront says. “Well we’ve seen people go into grocery stores and shoot up grocery stores. Restaurants that serve alcohol. Well that’s pretty much every restaurant, even if you’re not drinking, where you supposedly can’t carry any more. Again, we’ve seen people go into restaurants and shoot patrons in restaurants. So these are the places where you need your carry permit the most, and they’re denying us that.”
If California can no longer stop most lawful gun owners from obtaining a concealed carry permit now that the Supreme Court has declared the state’s old “may issue” regime unconstitutional, legislators and the governor have settled on making it impossible for those permit holders to actually be able to carry anywhere in the state without running afoul of the law.
The California Rifle & Pistol Association, along with a number of organizations and individual plaintiffs including the Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America, the Liberal Gun Owners Association, and 2A advocate Reno May, sued California Attorney General Rob Bonta over SB2 as soon as the bill received final approval from the legislature and was transmitted to Newsom’s desk; a decision that Cheuvront says was meant to be a warning to the governor that the Second Amendment community takes his threat seriously.
“One of the things that we’ve heard this legislative session beyond all of the shenanigans that have been going on in Sacramento this legislative season is that Gavin Newsom and his staff were saying out loud and publicly ‘we’re going to see if they can take on all of this. We’re gonna try to pass as many laws as we possibly can to bankrupt, basically, these 2A-supportive organizations.’ They know that this is a strain on Second Amendment organizations. They know that these groups have to function off of donations and memberships and that sort of thing while they have this pool of taxpayer money over here that they can just play with. They’re really hoping to put so much of a burden on these organizations that it causes us not to be able to defend anything anymore.”
If that was the governor’s intent, it appears to have backfired. Cheuvront says that instead, organizations are collaborating with each other and pooling resources.
“The governor’s bringing people together, which is great,” she said with a smile, adding “we have no intent on backing down. We’re going to be fighting still for rights in California for sure.”
Check out the entire conversation with Tiffany Cheuvront in the video window below, and stay tuned for the latest developments in May v. Bonta. The good news is that these new restrictions on the right to carry don’t kick in until January, which gives her and the other attorneys challenging SB 2 plenty of time to get a restraining order before the new prohibitions can infringe any further on Californians’ right to keep and bear arms.