The NRA and the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) filed another suit in a series designed to cripple the gun controls ubiquitously known as “gunmageddon” in California.
Gunmageddon was all the rage among Democrats last year as they passed a ban on the possession of “high capacity” magazines, an updated ban on “assault rifles,” ammunition background checks, and much more. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed the body of legislation on July 1, 2016, with various stipulations for when each law would take effect.
Breitbart News reported U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez ruled against the “high capacity” magazine ban on June 29, 2017, citing the Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008). The NRA tweeted:
Benitez: “When the simple test of Heller is applied…the statute is adjudged an unconstitutional abridgment.”
— NRA (@NRA) June 30, 2017
The NRA is now targeting the gun controls related to “assault weapons” and “bullet buttons.”
The NRA-ILA explains that the suit filed against the “assault weapons” ban centers on how the California DOJ and the Office of Administrative Law allegedly enacted the ban “without any input from the public.” The NRA and CRPA warned the DOJ ahead of time that an approach that omitted public input “would be violating California’s Administrative Procedure Act (APA) – which requires DOJ to first obtain and consider public input on any proposed regulation.”
Consequently, “The NRA and CRPA attorneys filed the Villanueva lawsuit in Fresno Superior Court, challenging the regulations as violating the APA on the grounds that the regulations lack appropriate legislative authority and otherwise conflict with existing state laws.”
On August 29, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 to repeal a ban on “ultra-compact” handguns after being put on notice that a suit from the NRA and CRPA was coming. Once the ban was repealed, CRPA attorney Chuck Migel said, “My clients are pleased that the city recognized that local governments cannot regulate in ways that conflict with or duplicate state laws. We will continue to monitor local municipal codes throughout California and pursue the clean-up of these kinds of ineffective laws – which typically are never enforced once the initial press conferences are over.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org