GOAL Contributes $10,000 to Court Briefs in California and New York

Gun Owners’ Action League has joined a court brief in a case, Boland v. Bonta, in the California U.S. District Court. The case is challenging California’s Unsafe Handgun Act (“UHA”) statutes, California Penal Code sections 31900 through 32110.  It has been going through the court system since August of 2022.

The California laws are very similar to the arbitrary testing requirements that we face here in Massachusetts Chapter 140, Section 123. That is why it is important for us to support a national effort to rid us of these Unconstitutional laws.

Currently, The Firearms Policy Conference, is challenging the laws and separate Attorney General regulations here in Massachusetts. The case is: Granata v. Healey. The initial lower federal court supported the restrictions, but an appeal led to the decision being vacated and sent back down to be reheard under Bruen.

The New York case, Antonyuk v. Hochul, challenges New York’s “Concealed Carry Improvement Act” (“CCIA”), passed hastily in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision inBruen. The CCIA included a requirement that an applicant for a concealed-carry license show “good moral character,” a requirement that an applicant provide the names and contact information for family members, a ban on guns in “sensitive places” such as churches and parks, and a prohibition on guns on private property unless the property owner specifically agrees to allow guns. See brief here.

It is important that such heinous, anti-civil rights, laws be struck down as Unconstitutional to prevent other states from enacting similar laws.

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