• U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney from California has just ruled that the state's recent ban of handguns is a total violation of the Second Amendment, according to Fox News. The law is illegal and cannot be enforced.
  • One of the factors behind Carney's decision was that no new types of semiautomatic handguns have been approved for sale since 2013. Not only was the latest handgun "ban" not unenforceable, but it would force gun buyers to buy much older and potentially unsafe models.
  •  Carney says that people have a constitutional right to protect themselves: "Californians have the constitutional right to acquire and use state-of-the-art handguns to protect themselves. They should not be forced to settle for decade-old models of handguns to ensure that they remain safe inside or outside the home."
  • Judge Carney issued an injunction to take effect in two weeks. This gives the state of California's Department of Justice time to appeal the ruling. However, previous attempts to take this case to the Supreme Court have failed.

Why This Matters:

  • As crime spirals out of control in California, Governor Gavin Newsom has leaned into the drama by signing new restrictions targeting gun owners. In some cases, he has even made it easier to sue gun manufacturers for crimes committed using guns (while many of the state's DAs go soft on criminals themselves). 
  •  Crime continues to grow in California despite it having some of the most strict gun control laws in the nation.