Editorial: California gun laws under threat by right-wing Supreme Court

California’s long history of promoting public safety through appropriate gun restrictions is threatened by a Supreme Court that is putting its ideology ahead of common-sense efforts to reduce the risk of violence and death.

That court order On Thursday, the conservative majority repealed a New York law restricting the issuance of concealed-carry handgun permits, setting a precedent that essentially invalidates a similar law in California. State legislatures immediately announced plans to amend the California law to comply with the decision, which found it unconstitutional to require people to show a specific reason for applying for a concealed weapons license.

Bills would require people applying for concealed weapons permits to undergo background checks and security training, and, as the court’s decision allows, would ban the carrying of concealed weapons in places like schools and courthouses. While that’s important, the court’s dangerously broad decision could lead to more legal challenges that will further undermine California’s strict gun safety laws.

That would not only be an affront to voters who have State laws passed limiting firearms and elected leaders who have fought for their gun control obligations, but it may also put California communities at risk of increased violence.

Evidence shows that states with stricter gun laws have done so too fewer murders and suicides through firearms. This was the result of a study published in 2020 Restriction on Concealed Carry Permission was one of three actions that could help reduce gun deaths by more than 10%. It is anathema that the Supreme Court is making it harder for states to keep people alive.

The decision comes at a dangerous time in the United States as gunfire has erupted Leading cause of death for American children and than the number of guns in the country exceeds the number of people. Back-to-back mass shootings that have killed 10 people at a grocery store in Buffalo, NY, and 19 children and two teachers in two fourth-grade classrooms in Uvalde, Texas, have left the nation so despondent and in grief that even the die-hard The US Senate moved to act.

After years of refusing to update America’s gun laws despite mounting carnage, the Senate on Thursday stood ready to do so pass bipartisan laws Add dating partners to a federal law banning domestic abusers from buying guns, improve background checks for gun buyers between the ages of 18 and 21, encourage states to pass “red flag” laws that allow courts to grant firearms to dangerous individuals confiscate, and allocate hundreds of millions of dollars for mental health and school safety. These are welcome measures, but they represent only a modest, sensible step, not the kind of sweeping changes the country needs to keep people safe.

It’s hard to be inspired by Senate action when a right-wing Supreme Court is undermining that action by further restricting states’ ability to pass gun safety legislation.

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2022-06-23/california-gun-laws-right-wing-supreme-court Editorial: California gun laws under threat by right-wing Supreme Court

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