In the liberal La La Land of California, there are few things more reviled than the idea of the 2nd Amendment and individual gun rights.
California is, however, in some ways a state divided. The northern half of the expansive territory does tend to find more conservative lanes of traffic, with hunting, fishing, and the outdoors playing a much more prominent role in the culture of the area.
In southern California, however, it’s all lattes and sexual assault.
And, much like fellow divided state New York, California’s political power tends to lie with the more heavily populated liberal locales, meaning that the state legislature leans heavily to the left. This has led to California having some of the strictest gun laws in the nation.
Now, as the Bear Republic attempts to create an even more stringent set of parameters for citizens hoping to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights, the Supreme Court could be stepping in to put an end to the nonsense.
“Gun rights groups have filed a petition with the Supreme Court in the hopes that it would consider a controversial appeals court decision that limits where gun stores can open within one county in California.
“Businessmen John Teixeira, Steve Nobriga and Gary Gamaza joined the Calguns Foundation, Second Amendment Foundation and California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees in the lawsuit first filed in 2012 that challenged an ordinance in Alameda County that prohibits gun stores from being located within 500 feet of areas that include a residentially zoned district.
“Teixeria and his colleagues claim the law prevented them from opening a gun shop in San Lorenzo. The plaintiffs maintain in their appeal that this zoning law is a violation of Second Amendment rights.
“’You simply cannot allow local governments to ignore the Second Amendment because they don’t like how the Supreme Court has ruled on the amendment twice in the past ten years,’ Second Amendment Foundation founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb told Fox News. ‘You shouldn’t be able to zone the Second Amendment out of the Bill of Rights.’”
The legislation was so bad, in fact, that not one available location in the county would have qualified for a firearms shop.
Perhaps, for once, common sense will prevail in the case of California, whose conservative dissonance with the rest of the nation has been so great that the state has considered secession as recently as 2017.