California Sheriffs knew the state’s recent gun grab was unconstitutional and some stood up against it before the Ninth Circuit shut it down.
California Sheriffs knew that the recent gun grab in the state was unconstitutional. Some courageous sheriffs stood up against it before the Ninth Circuit shut it down.
The organization behind the statehood of New California writes:
Several County Sheriffs and District Attorneys have come out against and will not enforce elements of California Senate Bill 2 which places restrictions on where a legally permitted (CCW) citizen may carry.
Sutter, Tulare, Fresno, Yuba and Shasta Counties have expressed their con over SB2 when it was first signed by Gavin Newsom and was suppose to go into full affect January 1, 2024.
The Sheriffs and District Attorney are invoking their Constitutional authority over the 9th Circuits ruling recently made December 26, 2023 which would have put back in full force the SB 2 law.
Shasta County Sheriff Michael Johnson:
Shasta County Sheriff Michael Johnson told us his thoughts on the ruling. “We’re pleased that a federal judge blocked part of SB2 because, in my opinion and the opinion of many of the sheriffs across the state, is SB2 is unconstitutional,” Johnson said. “It is, without a doubt, a direct attack on concealed weapons permit holders and the ability to and right to bear firearms – Second Amendment.”
Johnson added that the SCSO will comply with restrictions related to gun instructors and gun licensing and permitting. He also shared that the sheriff’s office wants to ensure those with a permit to carry a concealed weapon aren’t overburdened by legislation.”
Yuba County Sheriff’s Department:
We believe that SB 2’s sweeping expansion of “sensitive place” provisions for concealed carry permit holders is repugnant to the United States Constitution and will be struck down by the courts for violating the Second Amendment. Until the legal challenges to SB 2 have been definitively settled by the courts, we will exercise our common sense and discretion to ensure the law is not enforced in a way that would violate the rights of our citizens.
We acknowledge that gun violence is a major problem in our state and nation. We are reminded again, today, of the problem, as we pray for and mourn with the community of Perry, Iowa. As the chief law enforcement officers of our community, we are beyond frustrated with our state’s misdirected focus on depriving law-abiding citizens of their legal right to possess and carry firearms, rather than depriving violent criminals of their freedom.
Statistics show, over and over again, that law-abiding CCW holders are not the people committing gun violence. If the politicians who make the law truly want to address the problem, they need to bring back accountability for people who actually use firearms to commit crimes and address the mental health epidemic in our country. SB 2 does nothing to address those who commit violent crimes, and nothing to address the mental health issues that drive mass murderers. Instead, it is aimed solely at hindering the ability of our law-abiding citizens to protect themselves from violent criminals and mass murderers. SB 2 will not prevent a single act of gun violence. We pray that our legislature and governor will stop playing firearm politics and focus on policy solutions that will actually save lives.
Sutter County Sheriff Brandon Barnes and District Attorney Jennifer R. Dupré issued a joint statement on developments regarding Senate Bill 2.
“We have no interest in criminalizing constitutionally protected behavior. We took an oath to uphold our Constitution and will work to protect the rights of our citizens. This issue is far from being resolved and we are hopeful the courts will rule in favor of our constitution.”
Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux issued the following statement:
“I, as the President of the California State Sheriff Association, am leading the way to challenge SB2,” Boudreaux posted on the TCSO Facebook page. “As the Sheriff of Tulare County and a firm, strong believer in our second amendment, I aim to focus on the mission and direction of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. The evolving status of where CCW permit holders can legally carry firearms can be perplexing due to frequent change.”
Fresno County Sheriff Zanoni Responds to New SB2 Bill Impacting CCW Permits:
Under California’s Senate Bill 2 law, California Citizens with a CCW would not be able to carry concealed guns in 26 categories of “sensitive places” including hospitals, playgrounds, stadiums, zoos and places of worship, regardless of whether they had permits to carry concealed weapons.
Placer County Sheriff Wayne Woo also made a statement per New California: