NRA Files Federal Suit Against California’s Gun Laws
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has filed a lawsuit aimed at overturning a sweeping set of gun-control laws in California – the 1st of many expected challenges to statutes threatening “gun ownership from every angle.”
The lawsuit filed in federal court Monday by the California Rifle and Pistol Association, the Golden state affiliate of the NRA, deals with a ban on almost every style of the so-called assault rifle, including the nation’s most popular: the AR-15.
The lawsuit argues the ban is unconstitutional because it infringes on the Second Amendment and “criminalizes possession” of guns commonly used by law-abiding citizens.
“They’re coming at gun ownership from every angle,” Chuck Michel of the California Rifle and Pistol Association said.
“The whole public relations campaigns to demonize gun owners, it’s all completely inappropriate, and it’s part of an agenda that I think The Trump Administration rejects.”
The group also plans to challenge a state law that bans high-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, as well as their gun-control measures signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown.
The NRA likely waited for the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court to file its suit. Judge Gorsuch, like former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, is seen as friend to the Second Amendment.