(UnitedVoice.com) – When Texas lawmakers wrote SB 8, they did it in a way meant to make it hard to challenge. The state would not enforce the six-week abortion ban created by the law, the people would. The law allows average citizens to sue those who help facilitate illegal abortions. Now, California’s governor is trying to exploit the law.
On Friday, December 10, the Supreme Court allowed lawsuits to move forward challenging the constitutionality of Texas’ law, but the justices kept the abortion ban in place in the meantime. The ruling angered Democrats and the next day, California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) announced he’s working on a bill that will use the same enforcement mechanism created by the Lone Star State to go after guns. The legislation will allow citizens to sue those who distribute, manufacture, or sell ghost guns or so-called assault weapons.
— Chris 🇺🇸 (@Chris_1791) December 12, 2021
While it’s true that the Texas law did create a loophole of sorts that could allow other states to pass laws that effectively ignore Supreme Court precedents, it’s highly unlikely the attack on guns would pass the test. That’s because, unlike abortion, which was legalized through a SCOTUS precedent in the Roe v. Wade case, gun rights were established by the Founding Fathers. There’s no precedent to reverse this with a subsequent court ruling.
The right to own a gun in the US is one of the inalienable rights of the Constitution. While Newsom might enjoy his laugh now, he’s embarking on a long journey that will likely end up in an embarrassing loss that will cost Californians millions.
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