Faced with a court hearing which may have granted a preliminary injunction against Coronavirus lockdown orders, Ventura County, California on Friday made a critical pivot to allow gun stores to reopen. The ocean-side county could have become the scene for yet another precedent-setting loss for anti-gun advocates. Last week a federal judge blocked Massachusetts’ similar lockdown orders, granting an injunction which allowed gun stores in the state to resume business.
The case, McDougall v. County of Ventura, was brought by Donald McDougall, Juliana Garcia, the Second Amendment Foundation, the California Gun Rights Foundation, and the Firearms Policy Coalition. The plaintiffs’ attorney, Ronda N. Baldwin-Kennedy, seized on the reversal:
“The defendants were obviously wrong on the law and had no constitutional support for their frivolous arguments, so it makes sense for them to change course now. We are delighted that this lawsuit moved the County to issue another order so that our clients and the people of Ventura County can exercise their constitutional rights.”
Co-counsel attorney Raymond Disguiseppe complemented:
“The facts are that the Ventura County defendants made it a crime for individuals to patronize and operate firearm and ammunition retailers, and worse, these government officials banned travel for firearms and ammunition as “non-essential”. Those are precisely the kinds of actions our Constitution was designed to protect against, so we look forward to the next phase of litigation in this lawsuit.”
Second Amendment Foundation founder and executive vice president Alan Gottlieb piled on the congratulatory statements for Ventura’s residents, saying, “This legal action was and remains about winning firearms freedom one lawsuit at a time. The county choosing to re-open firearm and ammunition transactions rather than face our motion in court is a victory for gun owners and the Second Amendment.”