Gov. Newsom faces lawsuit over state property gun show ban

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is now facing a federal lawsuit over his banning of gun shows from public property. 

The lawsuit was filed this week, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF).

The lawsuit, though, has been joined by a number of other gun rights groups, including the California Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc., B&L Productions, Inc., d/b/a Crossroads of the West, the Asian Pacific American Gun Owners Association; the Second Amendment Law Center, Inc., and more.


The case has to do with California Senate Bill 256, which Newsom just recently signed into law. It bans gun shows from taking place on property that is owned and operated by the state.

California is now the first state to take such a step. Newsom and other advocates for the bill maintain that it will help to keep communities safer.

This is all part of the gun control push that Newsom and his fellow California Democrats have been making.

B&L Productions v. Newsom

SAF is now challenging the legality of Newsom’s ban on gun shows. SAF argues that the ban is a violation of Constitutionally protected rights, “including the First Amendment rights of free speech and freedom of assembly, and the 14th Amendment’s equal protection under the law.”

SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb put out a statement on the lawsuit, saying:

What is alarming to us is that Crossroads of the West has followed the rules, and so have vendors at their gun shows. Yet, the state is prohibiting constitutionally protected activities that are common all over the country, and are already highly regulated.

He added:

Like it or not, gun shows are public forums where like-minded people can meet and discuss various issues, engage in firearm sales and purchases, learn about gun safety and enjoy the camaraderie inherent at such events. Obviously, the defendants don’t like that, but they simply cannot violate constitutional rights to satisfy a personal disdain.

Promising precedent

SAF believes that they have a good chance to get Newsom’s gun show ban overturned because they have had previous success on the issue.

The same civil rights attorney who is representing them in this case, Donald Kilmer, also represented them in a case in which they managed to get the courts to overturn a ban on gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County.

We’ll have to see if they have the same success this time around, which is at a much higher level.

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