I am writing this email with great sadness. I am also writing with determination and motivation.
Today, Senate Bill 2 or SB2 became law. Our lawsuit, Carralero v. Bonta, is fighting to reverse the expansion of sensitive areas. Last week, our efforts won an injunction. Unfortunately, over the weekend, the 9th Circuit “stayed” the injunction. This means the judge’s decision to stop the enforcement of the expansion of sensitive places is no longer in effect.
Starting today, all parts of SB2 will be enforced. This lawsuit will involve many battles. The 9th Circuit Court’s “Merit Panel” is reviewing the stay on the injunction, but there is no specific timeline requirements. We might regain our freedom tomorrow or it could take years. Our lawsuit is far from over, and we will continue fighting until we win. Rest assured, we will win.
Gavin Newsom’s attempt to end concealed carry in California and to force people to post signs letting CCW holders know they are accepted in different buildings is no different from the 1960s Jim Crow laws in the south. Back then blacks were banned from restaurants, stores, water fountains, and bathrooms and “whites only” signs were commonplace. SB2 is no different from anti-LGBT laws in the 60s and 70s that allowed police officers to violently raid bars where the LGBT community socialized. It is no different from laws against 19th century immigrants from Asia and 1940s laws that incarcerated Americans simply for having Japanese heritage. It’s no different from laws that allowed 20th century legal discrimination against Jews attending public facilities. It is no different from the civil rights violations against Italians, Irish, Catholics, Mormons, Native Americans, women… and so many more. It is just the latest version and it is the one that has an impact on you starting in 2024 and it will be no different in the fact that we, too, will win. .
The progress made in restoring your Second Amendment rights has suffered a setback. Governor Newsom and his supporters are to blame. We have advantages on our side, but the future of the Second Amendment is not guaranteed. With your help, I am confident we will win. Without your help, if you choose to do nothing, our rights will be gone. We have two tools in this fight: people and money. From you, I am asking for both. Whatever you did to support the Second Amendment in 2023, we need you to do a little more in 2024.
What am I asking of you?
– Understand the law. Stay calm. Don’t break the law. Don’t make a scene out of frustration. Stick to what is effective and works.
– Your time and your money. Volunteer with a Second Amendment organization of your choice. Attend gun shows and monthly meetings. Donate what you can afford whenever possible. It’s not helpful to own thousands of dollars worth of guns and ammo that will become illegal. If you donated a dollar last year, donate $10 this year. If you donated $10 last year, donate $100 this year. If you donated $50 last year, donate $500 this year. And make sure your friends are doing the same.
– Don’t lose hope. The law, history, and numbers are on our side. We will win. Be patient, but also take action. Complaining, posting on social media, and insulting others won’t solve the problem. Moving to Texas won’t solve the problem either. You’re an American. Use the Constitution to restore justice through elections and courts rather than running away. Texas, Tennessee, Nevada, Arizona, and other places have their own problems. If California isn’t perfect, let’s make it better. George Washington didn’t become a great American by moving away when things got tough.
– Listen and share. Listen to Gun Owners Radio so you can stay informed and learn how you can help. If you can’t listen live on Sundays from 4pm to 6pm, find the podcast on your favorite provider. Share our clips on social media and with your friends.
SB2 is a wake-up call. Knowing what is going on isn’t enough. We need you to be a part of reversing bad politicians from bad politicians fueled by extremist anti-gun groups. It is time to care more about your rights to keep and bear arms than they care about taking them from you.
What are the big changes to carrying? The new list of sensitive areas turn almost the entire state into a “gun free zone” (unless there is a California DOJ approved sign authorizing CCW holders in the establishment.)
This is from the text of SB2:
(1) A place prohibited by Section 626.9. (California Penal Code § 626.10 PC makes it a crime to bring dangerous weapons onto school grounds, including K-12 schools and any private or public university or college.)
(2) A building, real property, or parking area under the control of a preschool or childcare facility, including a room or portion of a building under the control of a preschool or childcare facility. Nothing in this paragraph shall prevent the operator of a childcare facility in a family home from owning or possessing a firearm in the home if no child under child care at the home is present in the home or the firearm in the home is unloaded, stored in a locked container, and stored separately from ammunition when a child under child care at the home is present in the home so long as the childcare provider notifies clients that there is a firearm in the home.
(3) A building, parking area, or portion of a building under the control of an officer of the executive or legislative branch of the state government, except as allowed pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 171c.
(4) A building designated for a court proceeding, including matters before a superior court, district court of appeal, or the California Supreme Court, parking area under the control of the owner or operator of that building, or a building or portion of a building under the control of the Supreme Court, unless the person is a justice, judge, or commissioner of that court.
(5) A building, parking area, or portion of a building under the control of a unit of local government, unless the firearm is being carried for purposes of training pursuant to Section 26165.
(6) A building, real property, and parking area under the control of an adult or juvenile detention or correctional institution, prison, or jail.
(7) A building, real property, and parking area under the control of a public or private hospital or hospital affiliate, mental health facility, nursing home, medical office, urgent care facility, or other place at which medical services are customarily provided.
(8) A bus, train, or other form of transportation paid for in whole or in part with public funds, and a building, real property, or parking area under the control of a transportation authority supported in whole or in part with public funds.
(9) A building, real property, and parking area under the control of a vendor or an establishment where intoxicating liquor is sold for consumption on the premises.
(10) A public gathering or special event conducted on property open to the public that requires the issuance of a permit from a federal, state, or local government and sidewalk or street immediately adjacent to the public gathering or special event but is not more than 1,000 feet from the event or gathering, provided this prohibition shall not apply to a licensee who must walk through a public gathering in order to access their residence, place of business, or vehicle.
(11) A playground or public or private youth center, as defined in Section 626.95, and a street or sidewalk immediately adjacent to the playground or youth center.
(12) A park, athletic area, or athletic facility that is open to the public and a street or sidewalk immediately adjacent to those areas, provided this prohibition shall not apply to a licensee who must walk through such a place in order to access their residence, place of business, or vehicle.
(13) Real property under the control of the Department of Parks and Recreation or Department of Fish and Wildlife, except those areas designated for hunting pursuant to Section 5003.1 of the Public Resources Code, Section 4501 of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations, or any other designated public hunting area, public shooting ground, or building where firearm possession is permitted by applicable law.
(14) Any area under the control of a public or private community college, college, or university, including, but not limited to, buildings, classrooms, laboratories, medical clinics, hospitals, artistic venues, athletic fields or venues, entertainment venues, officially recognized university-related organization properties, whether owned or leased, and any real property, including parking areas, sidewalks, and common areas.
(15) A building, real property, or parking area that is or would be used for gambling or gaming of any kind whatsoever, including, but not limited to, casinos, gambling establishments, gaming clubs, bingo operations, facilities licensed by the California Horse Racing Board, or a facility wherein banked or percentage games, any form of gambling device, or lotteries, other than the California State Lottery, are or will be played.
(16) A stadium, arena, or the real property or parking area under the control of a stadium, arena, or a collegiate or professional sporting or eSporting event.
(17) A building, real property, or parking area under the control of a public library.
(18) A building, real property, or parking area under the control of an airport or passenger vessel terminal, as those terms are defined in subdivision (a) of Section 171.5.
(19) A building, real property, or parking area under the control of an amusement park.
(20) A building, real property, or parking area under the control of a zoo or museum.
(21) A street, driveway, parking area, property, building, or facility, owned, leased, controlled, or used by a nuclear energy, storage, weapons, or development site or facility regulated by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
(22) A church, synagogue, mosque, or other place of worship, including in any parking area immediately adjacent thereto, unless the operator of the place of worship clearly and conspicuously posts a sign at the entrance of the building or on the premises indicating that license holders are permitted to carry firearms on the property. Signs shall be of a uniform design as prescribed by the Department of Justice and shall be at least four inches by six inches in size.
(23) A financial institution or parking area under the control of a financial institution.
(24) A police, sheriff, or highway patrol station or parking area under control of a law enforcement agency.
(25) A polling place, voting center, precinct, or other area or location where votes are being cast or cast ballots are being returned or counted, or the streets or sidewalks immediately adjacent to any of these places.
(26) Any other privately owned commercial establishment that is open to the public, unless the operator of the establishment clearly and conspicuously posts a sign at the entrance of the building or on the premises indicating that license holders are permitted to carry firearms on the property. Signs shall be of a uniform design as prescribed by the Department of Justice and shall be at least four inches by six inches in size.
(27) Any other place or area prohibited by other provisions of state law.
(28) Any other place or area prohibited by federal law.
(29) Any other place or area prohibited by local law.
Don’t let them win.
Don’t let others fight hard without you.
Before the 1990s, California had a great Second Amendment history and with our action, California could have a great Second Amendment future. But it is up to you.
Michael A. Schwartz
This article was originally posted on from San Diego County Gun Owners