A statement regarding our victory in Doe Publius and Derek Hoskins v. California Legislative Counsel Diane Boyer-Vine:
First and foremost I’d like to thank Brandon Combs of Firearms Policy Coalition for not only fighting for our fundamental right to keep and bear arms, but for his unwavering desire to see liberty as a whole upheld by the Constitution, as it was intended. I’d also like to thank the Coalition and all its members, the lawyers at Benbrook Law Group, and of course Eugene Volokh for the gravitas he brought to this case.
This is not just a win for myself, but a win for freedom of speech and political protest, and most importantly a win for those Californians who have had their civil rights and liberties violated by our state legislators for simply wanting to exercise their fundamental right to keep and bear arms. The court has sent a message that the State cannot threaten or force the removal of political speech aimed directly at the laws they force on the rest of us.
The purpose of the Tyrant Registry is clear: if legislators are going to confiscate our rights, liberty, and property without due process, if they’re going to then register us for trying to retain or exercise our rights, then we’re going to register them as tyrants with the people whose rights they’ve violated.
Much like the Sex Offender Registry, this common sense tyrant registration addresses a public safety hazard alerting the public of tyrants who have violated the civil rights and liberties of people in their communities, if these tyrants actually reside at their declared addresses within their districts, which many don’t (State Senator Kevin de Leon). Any journalist worth their salt may want to look into that.
Tyrants will not be insulated from the people they claim to represent but happily rule over. I’m looking forward to republishing and updating the Tyrant Registry, however for the sake of liberty I wish it never had to exist at all.