California Injunction Blocking “Sensitive Places” Enforcement Back in Effect

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posted on January 10, 2024
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At this time, an injunction blocking California’s enforcement of overly broad “sensitive places” restrictions is back in effect.

On January 6, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit “issued an order dissolving a prior order and reinstating a preliminary injunction that prevented the state of California from enforcing the expanded so-called sensitive places designated under S.B. 2, which were set to go into effect January 1,” reported the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (ILA).

Previously, U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney granted a preliminary injunction blocking portions of the state’s new carry law, which would have banned Californians—even those with a hard-to-obtain concealed-carry permit—from carrying concealed firearms in churches, banks, hospitals, on public transportation. and more places.

Judge Carney described the law as “sweeping, repugnant to the Second Amendment, and openly defiant of the Supreme Court.”

Shortly after this, the 9th Circuit issued an administrative stay that put Judge Carney’s injunction on hold and allowed the law to take effect on January 1. On Dec. 30, the 9th Circuit determined that the “request for an administrative stay contained within appellant’s motion for a stay pending appeal is granted. The motion for a stay pending appeal and the supplements, responses and replies thereto, are otherwise referred to the panel assigned to decide the merits of these appeals.”

This temporarily reinstated the enforcement of California’s massive expansion of “sensitive-places,” but the January 6 order put the injunction against enforcement back in place.

“This means the injunction that was granted in late December preventing the state from enforcing the expanded sensitive places under S.B. 2 is back in effect, pending further court orders. This is a huge win for gun owners as this litigation proceeds,” wrote NRA-ILA.

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