2nd Amendment Foundation Sues California Over Gun Show Ban

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BELLEVUE, WA – -(AmmoLand.com)-The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit challenging California’s Senate Bill 264, a ban on gun shows held on public property that was passed and signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Joining SAF are the California Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. B&L Productions, Inc., d/b/a Crossroads of the West; Gerald Clark; Eric Johnson; Chad Littrell; Jan Steven Merson; Inc; Asian Pacific American Gun Owners Association; and the Second Amendment Law Center, Inc. The case is known as B&L Productions v. Newsom.

SAF is represented by noted civil rights attorney Donald Kilmer, who successfully represented SAF in overturning the ban on gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County, where the defendants were ordered to pay plaintiffs close to half-million dollars in combined damages and attorney fees

Named as defendants in this case are California Gov. Gavin Newsom in his official capacity as Governor of the State of California, Attorney General Robert Bonta in his official capacity as Attorney General of the State of California, Karen Ross, in her official capacity as Secretary of California Department of Food & Agriculture, and Todd Spitzer, in his personal and official capacity as District Attorney of Orange County. The 55-page federal complaint was filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

“The state has been regulating gun show operations almost out of existence, and more restrictive than brick-and-mortar retail gun shops or even internet sales,” explained SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, “Now the California Senate Bill 256 ban amounts to a total deprivation of rights under the color of law, including the First Amendment rights of free speech and freedom of assembly, and the 14th Amendment’s equal protection under the law.

“This lawsuit follows our successful action against the Del Mar Fairgrounds,” he added, “but the regulatory ban regime now in place in California applies to any gun show on public property, anywhere in the state. What is alarming to us is that Crossroads of the West has followed the rules, and so have vendors at their gun shows. Yet, the state is prohibiting constitutionally protected activities that are common all over the country, and are already highly regulated.

“Like it or not,” Gottlieb observed, “gun shows are public forums where like-minded people can meet and discuss various issues, engage in firearm sales and purchases, learn about gun safety and enjoy the camaraderie inherent at such events. Obviously, the defendants don’t like that, but they simply cannot violate constitutional rights to satisfy a personal disdain.”


The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 700,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

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Vince

Not appropriate to the article but everyone needs to know:
The IRS employee union donates 99% of its money to Democrats. This scam to hire 87,000 new IRS agents will give the IRS tens of billions of dollars that will pipeline millions of dollars into the coffers of Democratic candidates. Does anyone believe that an agency that gives almost every dollar from its PAC to one party is an unbiased referee of our tax system?

john

The democratic party is corrupt to the core it has never been truthful to the minorities that it promises to lift up all that is gives is handouts, always more of the same. The democrats have weaponized many alphabet agencies in the past 17 months The IRS will be used to attack the finances of all Americans. The chances that the November election will be on the up and up are not looking good. You can not have party in power policing itself the results will always be beneficial to that party. The democrats are using taxpayer money to alter… Read more »

GmanNM

I find it interesting that some folks continue to use the word “liberal” instead of the more accurate description – “leftist” when referring to the anti-freedom crowd. Our country was founded on a “liberal” understanding of democracy. The key part of “liberal” democracies is that they tend to be based on the rights of the individual, liberty, consent of the governed and equality before the law. On the other hand, a “leftist” usually is against individual freedom for those who hold different political viewpoints, tend to be anti-capitalist and do not support free market economics. They see our constitution as… Read more »

john

Vehicle violence media fails to name the manufacture of the vehicle The anti gun movement the democrats a example that the constitution means very little to that party. Will congress demand that ghost cars that have homemade parts be banned? Will the democrats call for all motor vehicle manufactures to address the democratic congress? If speed limits mean so much why do manufacturers make vehicles that exceed 150 mph? If climate change is os important why is congress not addressing women driving 9 passenger vehicles alone to get their nails done? A suspect in Eastern Pennsylvania has been arrested after… Read more »

swmft

so cars the size of smart cars only with trailers to move anything larger than the “car” You can tell they are doing drugs stronger than what they have “legalized”

Ledesma

California liberals have all but mopped up the floor with the 2A in that state. Acquire a firearm in California and a million liberals come with it. In fact, you and them might just as well hold hands.

WeWereWarned

The more dangerous threat in cali is the conservatives, who comply with socialist enforcers and let those socialists enforcers endanger the subjects, not Citizens families with gun control. If a conservative cop in California would not just follow liberal laws to violate the Constitution, then those millions of liberals have no power. The conservatives expanded the government out of fear, and let tyranny by law occur on those they were afraid of, and now that tyranny by law is used on them. That is exactly like we were warned not to do by the Founders. The conservatives in that state… Read more »

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WeWereWarned

The conservatives in that state are the real threats to Liberty. If a conservatives cop would not just follow orders to enforce unconstitutional liberal laws, then the folks there would not be endangered by street thugs. The conservatives in that state let the government harm groups they were afraid of with tyranny by law,,and now that tyranny by law is used against them. Exactly, like we were warned not to do by our Founders. I would rather have a minority gang member move near my family over any conservatives from a notsee state. The conservatives complies with unconstitutional laws, and… Read more »

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Roverray

I’m glad you are not my neighbor your self righteous bastard! WTH man, are you sure you are not a coset liberal!

moe mensale

You’ve been smoking Hunter’s crack pipe, haven’t you?

Rebel VA

damn, what a doofus!

Ope

Rebel VA, that POS only posts bullshit since he’s been on this site. There’s only a couple others here that post similar garbage. Disregard.

Russn8r

Says the ex(?)-cop with a 20-mule-team sock posse.