A Federal Judge Ruled That There Are Two Californias. We Disagree.

August 17, 2016

It’s no secret that there are two Californias – and a federal judge this month ruled as such.

Garcia v. Harris, our civil rights lawsuit that challenges the special exemptions granted to retired law enforcement officers in SB 707 (which banned concealed carry on school grounds for most individuals), was dismissed by Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell.

In other words, a judicial activist reinforced the caste system of haves and have-nots created by anti-gun lawmakers in California.

Judge O’Connell stated in her ruling:

“[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.”

Judge O’Connell just ruled that retired government employees’ lives are more valuable than yours or mine.

We first filed our lawsuit against California to fight for the equality of all Californians, and we will continue to do do that.

That means we’re taking this fight to the Ninth Circuit.

The Ninth Circuit has already ruled in Silveira v. Lockyer, on nearly identical facts, that favoring retired peace officers over similarly-situated civilians violated the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.

If that same logic is applied is applied in Garcia v. Harris, we win and the caste system that politicians created will be destroyed.

The state won’t go down without a fight. Our appeal to the Ninth Circuit will require the necessary resources for us to emerge victorious.

We need you to help aid our effort NOW so we can make California more equal tomorrow than it is today.