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.
“Our right to keep and bear arms has never been as seriously threatened in California as it is today,” the NRA said. “After years of incrementally adopting gun control measures, this year the Legislature decided to propose new laws adopting everything on the gun ban lobby’s wish list.”
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 “assault weapon,” effective July 1, 2015.
The NRA says it’s an expansive classification because “millions of semi-automatic rifles have magazines that can be removed with the push of a button,” including “classic hunting rifles like the Remington Woodsmaster, Browning BAR, and the Ruger 99/44, among many others.” It would also violate the ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) by the Supreme Court.
“By 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’s Heller decision,” said the NRA post. “In Heller, the Court made it clear that arms ‘typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes’ or those ‘in common use’ are constitutionally protected.”
The NRA also warns individuals who believe in the Second Amendment to take caution in supporting lawsuits assured by other people and organizations “without access to the necessary funding, relationships, firearm experts and experienced lawyers on the NRA’s California and national legal teams.”
The governor of California has until Oct. 13 to make a decision on whether to sign or veto the bills.