Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who is known for his focus on gun violence prevention, applauded the White House on Wednesday after reports of the first-of-its-kind office.
Instead of adjusting to the fact that existing state law was unconstitutional, California passed a new law that aims to keep things as close as possible to the way they were before the Bruen ruling.
Something similar happened after the Civil War, when the former slave states passed laws known as the Black Codes. Those statutes aimed to keep the former slaves in a condition as close to slavery as possible.
That led to the federal Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the simultaneous Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which put an end to the Black Codes and protected fundamental rights.
Following the same logic employed by the old Confederacy, California is defiantly seeking ways to continue to limit fundamental rights under the Second Amendment. Attorney General Rob Bonta, leading the California Department of Justice, has now contributed to this effort with a set of emergency regulations that will make it more difficult and expensive to obtain the firearms training that is required for the issuance of a concealed carry permit.
Under California Penal Code section 31635, firearm safety certificate instructors “shall have a certification to provide training from one of the following organizations, as specified, or any entity found by the department to give comparable instruction in firearms safety, or the applicant shall have similar or equivalent training to that provided by the following, as determined by the department.”