Gun politics make strange bedfellows — ask the Fullerton-based California Rifle and Pistol Association. CRPA strictly monitors all perceived threats to Californians' right to bear arms — and sometimes finds itself cheering on court case whose litigants it might otherwise cross the street to avoid. Take CRPA's reaction to the California State Court of Appeals' ruling last week, in which it upheld a state law banning individuals from carrying concealed weapons in a public place — like someone's driveway.
CRPA bristled at the ruling, claiming that under the appellate court's interpretation of the state law, virtually any space can be considered public, meaning there's no place where it's safe to secretly pack a gun. A reading of an online article about the case reveals a definite arms-length approach to the man who fought his arrest for carrying a concealed weapon.
“Defendant [Ronnie] Yarbrough,” the article noted, “is a young black man who was arrested in East Oakland, California for possessing a loaded and concealed firearm. He, along with others aged 17-mid 20s who may have gang ties, were drinking and smoking marijuana . . . The defendants were unsympathetic, and the case in some respects illustrates the danger in raising Second Amendment issues in a criminal case at the wrong time.”
Or, don't ask, don't shoot.