California is getting major pushback on its efforts to restrict social freedoms and access to firearms in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
Four gun rights groups sued Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva on March 27 over his repeated attempts to shut down gun sellers, contending that his activities violate citizens’ constitutionally assured right to bear arms.
Meanwhile, and also according to The Deseret News, libertarian economist and actor Ben Stein sued California Gov. Gavin Newsom, questioning whether California’s unprecedented limits on social movement can actually be enforced.
“Shuttering access to arms necessarily shutters the Constitutional right to those arms,” reads the federal lawsuit filed by the Second Amendment Foundation, National Rifle Association of America, California Gun Rights Foundation, and Firearms Policy Coalition on behalf of individual gun buyers and a Los Angeles firearm and ammunition dealer.
Gun-rights groups have asked the federal government to allow gun shops to remain open despite proliferating stay-at-home orders aimed at reducing the spread of the coronavirus. They want the U.S. government to specifically add them to official lists of essential services.
Meanwhile, Stein’s lawsuit in Sacramento County Superior Court asks that a judge clarify citizens’ rights under Newsom’s executive order, which it notes has not been made law by state legislators nor by voters.
His order that residents stay home except for essential errands “approximates the house arrest of 39.5 million healthy and uninfected California citizens,” says the lawsuit filed by the actor perhaps best known for his dry, monotone delivery in the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.