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As numerous states are pushing forward to restore the Second Amendment rights of their citizens through “permitless” carry laws and other Right-to-Carry reforms, California seems to be on just the opposite path.

On Tuesday, the Assembly Public Safety Committee failed to pass Assembly Bill 757, also known as the “shall-issue” concealed-carry bill, by a party-line vote. The measure would simply have brought the Golden State into line with most other states in the nation, doing away with the ability of bureaucrats and politicians to deny concealed-carry permits for inconsequential reasons.

“Today the Democrat majority spat in the face of the Constitution by killing this measure,” Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, author of the bill, said in a statement. “The Constitution guarantees equal protection under the law, yet the current system we have for issuing CCWs in California is anything but equal. Rest assured, this fight for equality isn’t over.”

The constant attack on the Second Amendment in California is likely enough to make law-abiding gun owners there throw their hands up in frustration. And such actions cause many across the country to wonder if the state is simply a lost cause.

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