On Tuesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) signed three new gun control bills, one of which expands the places where it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon for self-defense.
Prior to signing SB2, which contains an expanded ban, State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-Glendale) remarked: “Do you need a gun to go to your daughter’s soccer game? I would say you need a water bottle and orange slices.”
He said, “When you go to the mall, do you need a weapon to go shopping, or do you need a credit card? You need a credit card.”
Portantino added, “When you go to the supermarket, bring your bags, don’t bring your gun.”
Governor Newsom celebrated the passage of SB2, calling for even stricter gun control measures, but warned that the upcoming United States Supreme Court ruling in NYSRPA v. Bruen (2022) could create additional obstacles for proponents of gun control.
Newsom noted that Bruen was being used to reverse gun regulation laws in various states, including those with a Democratic majority like New York, where the requirement for obtaining a concealed carry permit was deemed unconstitutional by Bruen.