Since Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 2 into law, it has faced resistance from numerous Northern California counties. The Shasta County Board of Supervisors, in particular, has taken a firm stance against the legislation by voting 3-2 on Tuesday to permit concealed weapons in local government buildings, directly contradicting the provisions of SB2.
SB2 aims to prohibit Californians, even those with concealed carry weapons permits (CCWs), from carrying firearms in 26 specified public places such as parks, sports stadiums, hospitals, and places of worship. Shasta County’s opposition to SB2 has been prominently expressed in recent months. Sheriff Michael Johnson, in a video posted on YouTube at the beginning of 2024, declared that he and his deputies would not enforce the bill, which he deemed “unconstitutional.”
“We will not expend our time and efforts to address such needless and unconstitutional legislation,” emphasized Johnson.
The Los Angeles Times reports that this recent vote follows Shasta County’s symbolic resolution passed six months ago, expressing its commitment to “use all lawful means at its disposal to support and defend the Second Amendment.”
In the past weeks, law enforcement officials from various counties, including Placer County, Sutter County, and Yuba County, have publicly voiced their opposition to California’s new gun law.