Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

California: Lawsuit Filed Against Recently Enacted “Assault Weapon” Regulations

Thursday, September 7, 2017

California: Lawsuit Filed Against Recently Enacted “Assault Weapon” Regulations

On September 7, attorneys for the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the California Rifle & Pistol Association (CRPA), filed the third in a series of planned lawsuits that challenge California’s recently enacted anti-gun restrictions collectively known as “gunmageddon” among gun owners. 

This latest lawsuit, titled Villanueva v. Becerra, challenges the California Department of Justice’s (DOJ) recently enacted “assault weapon” regulations.  These regulations were pushed through to finalize the implementation of new laws passed in 2016 (AB 1135 and SB 880) banning the sale, transfer, and possession of certain rifles and pistols equipped with magazine locking devices, typically known as “bullet buttons.”  These firearms were previously not considered “assault weapons,” but must now be registered as such with DOJ.  California gun owners own thousands—potentially hundreds of thousands—of such firearms. 

Prior to their enactment, the NRA and CRPA attorneys repeatedly warned DOJ and the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) of the many flaws with the regulations, and that by enacting them without any input from the public, DOJ would be violating California’s Administrative Procedure Act (APA) - which requires DOJ to first obtain and consider public input on any proposed regulation.  Unsurprisingly, DOJ ignored those warnings, and instead pushed their regulations through without seeking or accepting any public input. 

There is a narrow exception in the law that allows DOJ to bypass the APA for regulations that set up the “assault weapon” registration process, but DOJ’s regulations go far beyond what is necessary for the registration of newly classified “assault weapons.”  In addition to creating over 40 new definitions, the regulations revise existing “assault weapon” regulations, require excessive personal information as a condition of registration (including where and how the firearm was acquired and a requirement to provide DOJ with photographs of the firearm), require home-built firearms first obtain a DOJ-approved serial number as a condition of registration, expand the definition of an “assault weapon” to certain shotguns, and restrict the modification or reconfiguration of a firearm after it is registered. 

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. 

To learn more about Villanueva, as well as the other lawsuits challenging the “Gunmageddon” laws, subscribe to NRA and CRPA email alerts, and visit the NRA and CRPA’s websites at www.standandfightcalifornia.com and www.crpa.org. If you are interested in being a plaintiff in a lawsuit like Villanueva, including the upcoming lawsuit challenging California’s recently enacted ammunition sales restrictions, please email NRA and CRPA attorneys at potentialplaintiffs@michellawyers.com

Please continue to check your inbox and the California Stand and Fight webpage for updates on issues impacting your Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage in California. 

TRENDING NOW
NRA Statement on Corporate Partnerships

News  

Saturday, February 24, 2018

NRA Statement on Corporate Partnerships

The more than five million law-abiding members of the National Rifle Association have enjoyed discounts and cost-saving programs from many American corporations that have partnered with the NRA to expand member benefits.   

Urgent: Legislation to Ban Long Gun Purchases by Law-Abiding Adults to be Heard in Olympia

Friday, February 23, 2018

Urgent: Legislation to Ban Long Gun Purchases by Law-Abiding Adults to be Heard in Olympia

Today, anti-gun legislators in Olympia have submitted Senate Bill 6620 just two weeks before the end of the current session.  SB 6620 includes provisions that would raise the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic rifle or shotgun to 21 years of ...

Outback Steakhouse: No Rights, Just Rules

News  

Friday, February 9, 2018

Outback Steakhouse: No Rights, Just Rules

The word “Outback” used to conjure images of Australia’s tenacious frontier spirit; of hunters, ranchers, and other adventurers who carved out a harsh existence from an unforgiving land.

Tell Your Lawmakers TODAY: Punishing Law-Abiding Gun Owners is Not the Answer

News  

Friday, February 23, 2018

Tell Your Lawmakers TODAY: Punishing Law-Abiding Gun Owners is Not the Answer

Even as the nation was grieving the terrible loss of life in Parkland, Fla., gun control activists were doing what they do best: exploiting tragedy to advance their political agenda.  Gun control activists are pushing ...

Monday, June 23, 2014

ALERT: Governor Rick Scott Makes History Signing 5 Pro-gun Bills

On, Friday, June 20, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed 5 pro-gun bills into law.  A strong supporter of the Second Amendment, Governor Rick Scott has now signed more pro-gun bills into law -- in ...

What the Media Doesn’t Want You to Know: Enactment of National Reciprocity is Closer than Ever!

News  

Friday, February 2, 2018

What the Media Doesn’t Want You to Know: Enactment of National Reciprocity is Closer than Ever!

Anybody who is exposed to the so-called news media these days faces a barrage of bewildering and often outlandish claims. “Breaking news” cycles through the public eye with such frequency and speed that knowing what’s ...

Vermont: Governor Scott Calls for Sweeping Gun Control Package

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Vermont: Governor Scott Calls for Sweeping Gun Control Package

Despite overwhelming public opposition to a package of gun control bills at a public hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 30, Gov. Phil Scott held a press conference today calling for passage of those bills ...

Ten Reasons Why States Should Reject "Assault Weapon" and "Large" Magazine Bans

News  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ten Reasons Why States Should Reject "Assault Weapon" and "Large" Magazine Bans

In the late 1980s, gun control groups realized that they had failed in their original goal—getting handguns banned1—and began campaigning against semi-automatic firearms they called “assault weapons,” most of which are rifles. As an anti-gun ...

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Florida Alert! Help Stop Gratuitous GUN CONTROL

In the wake of an atrocious act of premeditated murder, an organized effort to bully legislators into passing legislation to hijack your Second Amendment rights is underway.   The gun control faction is out in ...

New Hampshire: Governor Sununu Signs Constitutional/Permitless Carry Bill Into Law!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New Hampshire: Governor Sununu Signs Constitutional/Permitless Carry Bill Into Law!

Today, in a private signing ceremony, Governor Chris Sununu signed Senate Bill 12 into law.  Similar legislation had been vetoed by former Governor Maggie Hassan for two years in a row, but thanks to your active involvement, ...

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.