U.S. Chief District Judge, rules in favor of California gun rights advocates.
Last Monday, U.S. Chief District Judge Lawrence O’Neill of Fresno, ruled in favor of California gun rights advocates, saying they are “well-within their rights” to publish the home addresses and phone numbers of state legislators who voted for firearms restrictions.
U.S. Chief District Judge Lawrence O’Neill of Fresno issued a preliminary injunction Monday, blocking a state law that lets public officials demand that their private information be removed from the internet if they fear for their safety or the safety of their families.
Second Amendment advocates across the state have been protesting the state’s requirement to collect gun owner’s personal information when ammunition or a firearm are purchased.
O’Neill ruled, that the state law is too broad and violates the advocates’ free speech rights. Publishing the lawmakers’ personal information “is a form of political protest” he said in a 38-page opinion.
“These tyrants are no longer going to be insulated from us,” blogger Doe Publius wrote. “These are the people who voted to send you to prison if you exercise your rights and liberties.”
Publishing the lawmakers’ personal information “is a form of political protest”.
Of course, politicians up and down the state are having a field day over the ruling.
“Disturbing,” Senate spokesman Anthony Reyes said in a one-word statement about O’Neill’s decision.
According to court documents, at least six state senators have said they’ve received threatening phone calls and social media messages pertaining to Publius’ blog post.