In 2015, a terrorist attack in San Bernardino left 14 people dead. The shooter used assault rifles to kill his victims. This horrific event led to a crackdown on weapons in California. However, now that new gun laws have taken effect, gun rights groups are attempting to fight them.
Gun Rights Groups Challenging California Laws
Since 2015, California lawmakers have passed several laws prohibiting different types of weapons and ammunition. Now, the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), the state’s affiliate of the National Rifle Association, has filed a series of court challenges against California’s new gun laws.
CRPA has recently filed a lawsuit in federal court in Santa Ana to challenge the prohibition on the selling of semi-automatic rifles equipped with “bullet buttons.” These bullet buttons allow ammunition magazines to be quickly ejected and replaced on fast-firing weapons. The group is also fighting a ban on large-capacity ammunition magazines holding more than 10 bullets.
The CRPA is requesting that the courts declare these laws unconstitutional. Chuck Michel, an attorney for the gun rights group, says that the NRA plans to file five lawsuits. He said the laws unfairly criminalize possessing guns that are mainly used for self-defense or sporting by law-abiding citizens. The group feels that these restrictions won’t stop terrorists and violent criminals and is just a way to infringe on citizens’ Second Amendment rights to bear arms.
Will These Legal Challenges Affect Your Gun Rights?
State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) has faith that California’s new gun laws will hold strong against any legal challenges. He feels that these laws, along with background checks, have been key in saving lives and lowering the mortality rate in California. Furthermore, California citizens voted for these laws, so the courts are likely to uphold them.
What gives the CRPA confidence in fighting these laws is the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Gorsuch, appointed by President Donald Trump, is a conservative and favors Second Amendment protection, so this could improve the chances of the legal challenges being successful.
Groups like the NRA are playing a long game. Though their fight against California’s new gun regulations may not be immediately successful, they see a time when the matter is brought to the Supreme Court. That means you should not expect the laws or your rights to change anytime soon.
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