Federal Judge Issues Temporary Injunction On California Carry Law

California gun owners won a victory, at least temporarily, on Wednesday when a federal judge blocked the new state law prohibiting carry permit holders from possessing their weapons in multiple public settings.

The temporary restraining order came from U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney. He halted the law which was due to take effect on Jan. 1 creating numerous “sensitive places” where legal carry would be banned.

Carney was clear and precise in his reasoning.

He called the right to self-defense “fundamental and inherent to our very humanity irrespective of any formal codification.”

The judge added, “For many years, the right to bear arms, and so necessarily the right to self-defense, was relegated to second-class status.” That dramatically changed, he noted, with the U.S. Supreme Court Heller and Bruen decisions that reaffirmed this sacred right.

The impetus for the new statute, of course, came from far-left California Gov. Gavin Newsom. The Democrat signed SB2 into law in September designating 26 categories of locations where the Constitution would effectively be suspended in the Golden State.

The ban on carry would apply even if the citizen applied for and received a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

The law would reverse a long-held assumption that carry is allowed unless a private property owner posts signage saying it is forbidden. Now, the opposite would be true.

Businesses and property owners would have to expressly post their permission to carry on their grounds.

With Carney’s ruling, the case against the statute will proceed while the injunction is in effect. He wrote that the plaintiffs will likely win by proving the state law is unconstitutional.

The California Rifle and Pistol Association brought the lawsuit against the state’s latest overreach. President Chuck Michel said in a statement that leaders tried to ignore the clear will of the U.S. Supreme Court.

He noted that “progressive politicians refuse to accept the Supreme Court’s mandate from the Bruen case and are trying every creative ploy they can imagine to get around it. The Court saw through the state’s gambit.”

Michel said citizens who respect the law would not be able to drive across town without passing through a “sensitive place.” This would constitute breaking the law and place them in legal jeopardy.