SACRAMENTO, CA (September 1, 2022) – Firearms Policy Coalition issued the following statement in response to the failure of California measures SB 918 (Portantino), which would have made it nearly impossible for most people to lawfully exercise their fundamental rights, and AB 1227 (Levine), which would have instituted punitive taxes on those same fundamental rights.
Despite a full court press by Attorney General Rob Bonta and Senator Anthony Portantino to turn the tide, their efforts to defy the Supreme Court’s decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen by expanding the definition of “sensitive location” to the point of comical absurdity has failed.
In addition, Assemblymember Marc Levine’s elitist attempt to create barriers to access the fundamental right to acquire firearms and ammunition with dramatic tax increases on these rights has also failed.
SB 918 and AB 1227 were examples of the contemptuous undermining of the natural rights of the People. This cavalier attitude, particularly following the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Bruen, is naked conceit. These measures and those like them seek to increase state violence and put peaceable people in government cages for exercising their rights.
This victory is the work of countless members of the pro-rights community and our peers and colleagues at pro-rights organizations who work tirelessly to defend the People from the onslaught of tyrannical measures emanating from Sacramento.
While California has already passed multiple unconstitutional bills this session, last night’s failures show that it’s possible for some gun control to be too much, even for it.
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