California Defies Supreme Court by Enforcing Stricter Regulations on Public Gun Ownership

A California law is expected to take effect January 1, 2023, imposing new restrictions on public possession of firearms in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen. The law removes the “good cause” requirement but simultaneously makes permits harder to use, designating sensitive places where guns are not permitted. California will come up against potential legal challenges due to the restrictive policy being in defiance of the Bruen ruling. Several similar restrictions have been blocked by federal judges in other states post-Bruen, raising questions about California’s approach to firearm regulation. The policy is controversial, being considered an end run around the Supreme Court’s decision.