Fullerton Parks Ordinance preempts State Law

On April 11 a panel of 3 Superior Court Judges found the Fullerton municipal ordinance prohibiting 290 registrants from entering and being near public parks to be preempting state law and thus unlawful. This decision is not published, so it only effects the Fullerton ordinance in this very case. It is is similar to the ruling regarding the County of Orange ordinance from last November. 

The Court of Appeal’s published opinion regarding the County Ordinance is expected late spring / early summer.

Fullerton Parks Ordinance – Appellate Court Decision (April 2013)


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I think this article should really set the tone. Lets all be real. There is currently a proposed Sex Offender Tier System introduced, multiple cities have overturned their park laws and this is certainly due to the hard work and dedication of a group of hard working individuals. Hats off to you Janice

State law currently allows municipalities to establish residence restrictions to protect the safety of its residents. I can’t remember what the number of the statute is, but until that is removed completely, we can expect these scenarios to repeat themselves over and over and make lives of registrants miserable or unbearable. That is just one example of what a piece of “work” this entire body of law represents. I’ll do some digging in the meantime, but if anyone knows the exact statute, that would be helpful.

It seems that whenever anything positive and constructive comes our way, some clause in the law is built in to negate any progress made. The simple but elusive starting point is to only have these clauses apply non-retroactively – each and every one.

Then registrants would be at least afforded the protection of the constitution. What a concept.

what aboout this ?

An ordinance that bans registered sex offenders from some Orange County parks and beaches and imposes a $500 fine on violators was approved by county Supervisors Friday.

States differ considerably in how and to what extent they preempt the regulation of firearms and ammunition.  Specific questions about whether a particular type of local regulation may be preempted in any given state involve complex inquiry and analysis of existing case law.  The Law Center is available to consult with officials and advocates on specific questions relating to their jurisdiction.