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California Gov. Gavin Newsom issues statement regarding SCOTUS gun law decision

God And Guns
Posted at 1:02 PM, Jun 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-24 14:30:44-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KERO) — California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn a New York gun law.

On Thursday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a New York gun law that requires a license for the public carry of a firearm violated the Second and 14th Amendments. The Court's six conservatives voted in concert as the three liberals voted in opposition. The opinion was written by Clarence Thomas.

"The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not "a second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees," Thomas wrote.

In his statement, Governor Newsom said that the state of California was prepared for this decision and already has a new bill that he says will be compliant with the court's decision.

"While this reckless decision erases a commonsense gun safety law that existed for decades, California anticipated this moment. Our Administration has been working closely with the Attorney General and the legislature for months. Our state is ready with a bill that will be heard next week to update and strengthen our public-carry law and make it consistent with the Supreme Court ruling, just as Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kavanaugh said states like California are free to do.

"But make no mistake: this is a radical decision. Today’s Court thinks that gun regulations should be frozen in time, and that if there wasn’t a similar law in existence in the 1700s or 1800s, then a state can’t pass it now, no matter how important it is to protect people from the modern horror of gun violence.

"Our state will continue to lead in the fight to keep our people safe. Next week, I will have 16 new gun safety bills on my desk, including a bill that will allow individuals to sue gun makers and distributors for violating certain gun laws. I look forward to signing all of those bills. California has proven that commonsense gun laws save lives, and we will continue to stand up to those in political power who enable and coddle the gun industry."