Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

Sacramento Repeals "Saturday Night Special" Law

Monday, January 8, 2001

National Rifle Association 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 CALIFORNIA RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION 271 East Imperial Highway, Suite 620, Fullerton, CA 92835 Contact: Chuck Michel, Esq. CRPA Spokesperson(310) 548-3703
State Preemption and Technical Problems Cited -- Other Cities To Follow Suit
SACRAMENTO- Acknowledging that a new state handgun law invalidates local "Saturday Night Special" ordinances, Sacramento became the first city in the state to repeal its "Saturday Night Special" ordinance on December 12, 2000. The repeal was effective January 1, 2001, the same day that the new state law, which requires all handguns to go through a series of tests before they can be sold by dealers in this state, went into effect. Sacramento repealed its ordinance in response to California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) and National Rifle Association (NRA) demands that cited the new state law on the subject, as well as other recently confirmed technical problems with the ordinance which would result in many police guns being deemed "unsafe junk guns" under the local law. Approximately 40 other California cities have the identical local laws with the same problems. CRPA and NRA are in the process of sending pre-litigation demand letters to each of those cities requesting the repeal of their ordinances as well. Marin County allowed its law to expire on 1/1/2001. San Jose and Los Angeles are currently considering repealing their ordinances at CRPA/NRA request. CRPA and NRA attorneys provided Sacramento with evidence, including sworn testimony from San Jose law enforcement officers and from firearm manufacturer Glock, Inc. which proved that the local ordinance actually bans Glock firearms and other high quality polymer (i.e., plastic) framed firearms carried by Sacramento`s police officers. The proponents of the ordinances misrepresented the way those guns were manufactured to Sacramento and other city officials when the laws were passed, claiming the guns had internal steel frames. They do not. Faced with the prospect of having to add those guns to their list of prohibited "junk guns" because they do not meet the ordinance`s standards, and with the increased liability the police department would face for carrying guns that the city council had inadvertently declared to be "unsafe," Sacramento avoided the embarrassment and the liability issue by repealing the law. "The mistake in the ordinance`s definition section that condemned police guns, and the technical misrepresentations made by gun control groups about the construction of Glock and other polymer framed firearms, vividly illustrates the problems that arise when gun control extremists who are not familiar with firearms engineering draft these laws," said James Erdman, Executive Director of the CRPA. "These city officials were so anxious to get on the gun control bandwagon that they didn`t even question the technical misrepresentations about the construction of high quality firearms made by the groups promoting the ordinances." "We`re pleased that Sacramento has acknowledged the problems in its ordinance, and expect the other cities and counties with the ordinance will soon follow suit," said Chuck Michel, a civil rights attorney who represents both the CRPA and the NRA. "With the evidence we`ve provided, city officials now know that the proponents of these laws have no credibility when it comes to what guns the ordinance condemns. If any city refuses to acknowledge that these ill-conceived local ordinances are preempted by the state law, then they`ll be forced to apply the ordinance`s definition of `junk gun` uniformly, condemning the guns carried by their own police officers in the process."
TRENDING NOW

News  

Monday, April 24, 2017

Lawsuit Filed Against California's Assault Weapons Control Act

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today announced it is supporting, along with the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), an important Second Amendment lawsuit challenging California’s newly expanded Assault Weapons Control ...

“F” Stands for Fail: School Jeopardizes Student’s Future for Possession of Squirt Gun

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, April 21, 2017

“F” Stands for Fail: School Jeopardizes Student’s Future for Possession of Squirt Gun

Public education’s long-running “zero tolerance” war against anything that suggests the idea of a firearm (including, for example, clothing, gestures, toys, food, computer images, and favorable opinions of self-defense) has claimed another victim. This time ...

Chicago: Mayor Emanuel Demands Tougher Laws for Gun Dealers as Straw Purchaser Gets Probation

News  

Friday, April 21, 2017

Chicago: Mayor Emanuel Demands Tougher Laws for Gun Dealers as Straw Purchaser Gets Probation

On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with representatives of the UCAN organization to make the case for further gun controls to combat the city’s violent crime. Chicago’s WLS reported that Emanuel used the opportunity ...

The Prosecutors and the Pagans: Two Sides of the Empire State’s Gun Laws

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Prosecutors and the Pagans: Two Sides of the Empire State’s Gun Laws

Early this month, members of the gun-control group Prosecutors Against Gun Violence met at a “Manhattan Summit” and took the time to express their dismay and alarm over federal bills proposing national concealed carry reciprocity. ...

California: Open Carry Ban Passes in the Assembly

Friday, April 21, 2017

California: Open Carry Ban Passes in the Assembly

Yesterday, the state Assembly passed Assembly Bill 7 by a vote of 44 to 29.   AB 424 was not considered during yesterday’s floor session, however it remains eligible for a vote at any time.  

For 2017, A Historic NRA-ILA Leadership Forum

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, April 21, 2017

For 2017, A Historic NRA-ILA Leadership Forum

For the past decade, NRA-ILA has sponsored leadership forums that have allowed our members to hear directly from national leaders.  Next Friday, that tradition continues and the line up of speakers is top notch.

South Carolina: Senate Subcommittee to Hear Multiple Gun Bills Tomorrow

Monday, April 24, 2017

South Carolina: Senate Subcommittee to Hear Multiple Gun Bills Tomorrow

Tomorrow, a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to discuss several firearm-related bills, and subcommittee members need to hear from you.

Oregon: Anti-Gun Bill Heads to Senate Floor

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Oregon: Anti-Gun Bill Heads to Senate Floor

Yesterday, on the deadline for policy bills to move out of committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to pass Senate Bill 719 with its -5 amendment.  Because a number of bills were effectively dead for ...

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Heads to the House Floor Next Week

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Heads to the House Floor Next Week

Today, April 19, the House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 671 by a 20-5 vote. HB 671 is scheduled to go before the full House for consideration next week.  Anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg and the gun ...

California: One Gun a Month Bill Passes Senate Public Safety Committee

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

California: One Gun a Month Bill Passes Senate Public Safety Committee

On Tuesday April 18, the Senate Public Safety Committee passed SB 497 by a party-line vote and will be assigned to the Senate Appropriations committee for further consideration.  On Monday, April 17, the Senate Appropriations Committee sent ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.