A federal judge ruled Friday that some California gun owners have more rights than others.
And we don’t think that’s okay.
Garcia v. Harris, our civil rights challenge to the special exemptions granted to retired law enforcement officers in SB 707, which bans concealed carry on school grounds for most individuals, was dismissed by Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell.
In her decision, Judge O’Connell declared that:
“[T]he government interest here is one of private protection and self-defense” for retired government employees on school property and “[t]herefore, allowing retired peace officers an exemption from the general ban of carrying concealed weapons on school property is rationally related to the legitimate state interest of ensuring their protection.”
That decision is a slap in the face to the thousands of people who go through the process of becoming a concealed carry permit holder.
Judge O’Connell is telling them that their training, their permits, their rights and their lives are not as valuable as those of a retired government employee.
It was as if the decision was taken from the pages of Orwell’s Animal Farm: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others…”
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David R. Duringer, JD, LL.M, is a concealed firearm instructor and tax lawyer specializing in business and estate planning; licensed to practice law in the states of California and Washington. He is managing shareholder at Protective Law Corporation, serving Southern California from its Laguna Hills (Orange County) headquarters and satellite offices in San Diego County (Coronado and Carlsbad).
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