California Sheriff Praises Judge for Blocking ‘Unconstitutional’ Gun Control

July 4th, 2020- Matt Marshall, a member of the Eatonville school board in Washington state
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Shasta County Sheriff Michael Johnson praised District Judge Cormac Carney’s issuance of a preliminary injunction against California’s “sensitive places” law, describing the gun control as “unconstitutional.”

Breitbart News reported that Carney issued the preliminary injunction on Wednesday of this week, in a case brought by a number of California concealed carry permit holders, the Second Amendment Foundation, and Gun Owners of America.

The case was against California’s SB2, which Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed in September of this year, creating new “sensitive places” in which licensed concealed carriers could not carry firearms.

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Carney decided in favor of the plaintiffs, noting that “The challenged…[California] provisions unconstitutionally deprive…[licensed concealed permit holders] of their constitutional right to carry a handgun in public for self-defense.”

KRCR spoke about the decision with Sheriff Johnson, who said, “We’re pleased that a federal judge blocked part of SB2 because, in my opinion and the opinion of many of the sheriffs across the state, is [sic] SB2 is unconstitutional.”

Johnson added, “[SB2] is, without a doubt, a direct attack on concealed weapons permit holders and the ability to and right to bear firearms – Second Amendment.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal in 2010, a speaker at the 2023 Western Conservative Summit, and he holds a Ph.D. in Military History, with a focus on the Vietnam War (brown water navy), U.S. Navy since Inception, the Civil War, and Early Modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up to get Down Range at Reach him directly at


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