According to a Breitbart report, Ventura County, California changed its position on May 15, 2020 regarding the county’s original decision to shut down gun stores during the Wuhan virus pandemic.
The case, McDougall v. County of Ventura, was brought forward by Donald McDougall and Juliana Garcia, in addition to the Second Amendment Foundation, the California Gun Rights Foundation, and the Firearms Policy Coalition.
The plaintiffs’ attorney Ronda N. Baldwin-Kennedy had a response to Ventura County’s decision to open gun stores:
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.
The plaintiffs’ co-counsel attorney Raymond DiGuiseppe said:
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 offer his comments, 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.”
The case in question is McDougall v. County of Ventura, No. 2:20-cv-02927-CBM in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
In anti-gun states like California, Second Amendment activists will have to take action at the local level to reverse certain anti-gun measures. They simply cannot rely on the state government for any form of legislative corrections.