NRA Looks To Take Advantage Of Courts’ Rightward Shift

By on April 25, 2017

April 27, 2017

Heartened by the confirmation of new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, the National Rifle Association has launched the first in a series of planned court challenges to California gun control laws that were put in place after the San Bernadino terror attack. As Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress approve right-leaning judges throughout the federal judiciary, gun advocates say they hope to challenge some of the more restrictive gun control laws passed in recent years. Last year, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed several gun control bills into law, including a prohibition on the sale of semiautomatic rifles equipped with so-called bullet buttons that allow for the quick removal and replacement of ammunition magazines. A lawsuit filed in a federal court in Santa Ana by the California Rifle and Pistol Association asks that the expanded assault weapon law be ruled unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. The new law “will do nothing to stop terrorists or violent criminals, and infringes on the right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment,” the group said this week. But California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León said: “Background checks and other gun laws California has enacted have saved lives and are key in making our mortality rate one of the lowest in the nation. I am confident that the courts will reject the NRA’s arguments, just as our voters did in November, and uphold California’s right to implement common-sense policies to protect its people.”

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The Los Angeles Times

One Comment

  1. Bill Baldwin

    May 1, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    We see here highlighted different perspectives of reader and writer. To the writer of this LA Times article this is the NRA trying to take advantage of a rightward shift in the Courts (which has not yet happened, btw, since supposedly rightist Gorsuch only replaced Scalia, leaving for now no shift in the S Ct). To this writer, this is the NRA doing what individual citizens usually cannot do because of expense – challenge authoritarian and anti-libertarian governmentalists who, in addition to fighting First Amendment restrictions on the government by restricting freedom of speech, want to do the same thing to citizens exercising rights under the Second Amendment. The view from Sacramento, Albany, etc. is that citizens should just shut up and do what they are told by their governmental betters.

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