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Judge Imposes Gun Ban At Native American Casino

Restraining Order Due To Potential Public Safety Threat

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A federal judge enforced a temporary restraining order earlier this month in Corning, CA, that bans firearms within 100 yards of a Native American casino, according to The New York Times.

Judge Kimberly J. Mueller imposed the restraining order due to a mounting tribal dispute, noting a potential threat to public safety. The order also “prohibits disputing factions of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians from deploying armed guards” at the Rolling Hills Casino. The ban will remain in effect until July 2.

In addition, the restraining order extends to tribe-owned properties around the casino, including hotels and an RV park.

The office of Attorney General Kamala Harris filed for the restraining order after both disputing factions—feuding over “who controls the tribe and its resources”—hired armed personnel on the casino grounds, although Mueller stopped short of closing the casino altogether.

On June 9, the two rival security groups came into conflict on casino grounds, requiring deputies from the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department to intervene, according to Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston. The feud resulted in deputies spending a week at the casino in efforts to keep the peace.

The Rolling Hills Casino brings in about $100 million a year.