Gun Rights Groups Ready Legal Action Against Prop 63

Associated Press
Associated Press

In the days after the passage of Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s Proposition 63, gun rights groups are readying legal action that will include appeals to the Supreme Court that will be populated with justices chosen by President-Elect Donald Trump.

Prop 63 passed by a margin of 63 percent to 37 percent. If unchallenged, it would mean the implementation of a statewide “high capacity” magazine ban and ammunition background checks, among other things. The ammunition background check requirement would mean law-abiding Californians would have to go through a background check and obtain a certificate showing the state has granted them permission to buy bullets.

But the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) has no intention of sitting back while these controls are put in place. On November 9 the CRPA made clear that their anti-Prop 63 organization, the Coalition for Civil Liberties, is preparing to take their case to the courts.

CRPA said that various members of the Coalition, “including the NRA,” used resources to help Donald Trump win the presidential election. And with that done, they are ready to turn their attention completely to stopping Prop 63.

According to CRPA:

With our victory in the presidential election, successful legal challenges will now be filed against all these new ill-conceived and unconstitutional laws, and those cases will be heard by a new Supreme Court  that will see these laws as the Second Amendment violations that they are.

CRPA also observed:

Newsom’s self-promoting initiative has caused all of the major law enforcement associations to join with the Coalition and to uniformly condemn ill-conceived gun control efforts, while prompting hundreds of thousands of law abiding California gun owners to join NRA and CRPA, and to engage politically at a level not seen in decades. Those activists are now a part of the self-defense civil rights coalition political action committee, and a grassroots activist force that anti-gun-owner politicians will have to reckon with for years to come.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of “Bullets with AWR Hawkins,” a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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