Padilla Condemns Supreme Court Decision Overturning Gun Safety Laws

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision today in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen:

“Today’s decision will make our communities less safe, plain and simple. At the same time as the Senate advances bipartisan legislation to take on America’s crisis of gun violence, the extreme right-wing majority on the Supreme Court has chosen to exacerbate it. This dangerous decision misinterprets the Constitution and jeopardizes gun safety laws in a number of states, including California, which has some of the most effective gun safety measures in the nation.

“The majority of Americans want commonsense gun reform. Everyone deserves to live without fear in their schools, grocery stores, places of worship, and neighborhoods. But today, the Supreme Court moved us backward in keeping our communities safe.”

Padilla is a champion and strong advocate of commonsense gun reform. He is a co-sponsor of the Background Check Expansion Act to expand federal background checks for all gun sales and a cosponsor of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2021, which bans the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Padilla has been outspoken on the need for congressional action and urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance commonsense gun legislation following the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.


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