Attorney General Bonta Leads Coalition Backing Commonsense Approach to Concealed Carry Laws

OAKLAND – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today led a coalition of state attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending New York’s law regulating when individuals may obtain a license to carry firearms in public. The coalition argues that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not provide Americans with an unrestricted right to carry loaded firearms in virtually all public places, but instead, in keeping with centuries of tradition, allows states to enact policies regulating public carry that are tailored to local public safety concerns and needs. “Nothing in our Constitution’s text or our country’s history and traditions requires States to authorize the public carry of loaded firearms on demand,” said Attorney General Bonta . “While we’ve taken different approaches to regulation, nearly every state in this country has laws regulating public carry. In California, for example, laws are more permissive in remote and unpopulated areas, but local officials are able to use their discretion and account for what will keep the public safest when determining how strict public carry laws should be in populated cities and towns. Stripping states and local jurisdictions of this ability to protect our residents is inconsistent with policies that States and cities have adopted for hundreds of years and it would put the public in danger.” In California, carrying a loaded, concealed firearm in public is generally prohibited unless a person has been issued a license. Local law enforcement also has discretion when issuing carrying […]

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