The National Rifle Association plans to sue California if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill into law that restricts sales of commonly used hunting rifles.
‚ÄúOur right to keep and bear arms has never been as seriously threatened in California as it is today,‚ÄĚ the NRA said. ‚ÄúAfter years of incrementally adopting gun control measures, this year the Legislature decided to propose new laws adopting everything on the gun ban lobby‚Äôs wish list.‚ÄĚ
One of a dozen gun control bills waiting to be signed by Brown, the SB 374 would ban semiautomatic weapons that accept detachable magazines over 10 rounds from being sold in the future. Firearms that fall under this category would be registered as an ‚Äúassault weapon,‚ÄĚ effective July 1, 2015.
The NRA says it‚Äôs an expansive classification because ‚Äúmillions of semi-automatic rifles have magazines that can be removed with the push of a button,‚ÄĚ including ‚Äúclassic hunting rifles like the Remington Woodsmaster, Browning BAR, and the Ruger 99/44, among many others.‚ÄĚ It would also violate the ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) by the Supreme Court.
‚ÄúBy banning millions of the most common hunting, sporting and self-defense rifles in existence, SB 374 is in direct conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court‚Äôs Heller decision,‚ÄĚ said the NRA post. ‚ÄúIn Heller, the Court made it clear that arms ‚Äėtypically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes‚Äô or those ‚Äėin common use‚Äô are constitutionally protected.‚ÄĚ
The NRA also warns individuals who believe in the Second Amendment to take caution in supporting lawsuits assured by other people and organizations ‚Äúwithout access to the necessary funding, relationships, firearm experts and experienced lawyers on the NRA‚Äôs California and national legal teams.‚ÄĚ
The governor of California has until Oct. 13 to make a decision on whether to sign or veto the bills.