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California Struggles to Implement Gun Measures

Recent laws passed by in California are facing several setbacks, according to a report from the Washington Free Beacon.

In short, after redefining “assault weapon” and making it illegal to possess magazines with more than 10 rounds, the state is having trouble enforcing the laws. The problems began when the California Department of Justice (DOJ) attempted to draft a plan to register all rifles with “bullet buttons” and other rifles falling under the expanded assault weapons ban.

On June 26, it was revealed by the Office of Administrative Law the DOJ “improperly” avoided the public comment period on the plan, forcing the deadline to be pushed back six months. Three days later, a San Diego County federal judge issued a preliminary injunction stemming from a lawsuit from the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) and National Rifle Association (NRA).

Per the Beacon story, “Another troubled part of California’s new gun-control regime is a plan to require all ammunition sales be done through specially licensed dealers. By July 1 those who wanted to apply for the license to sell ammunition were supposed to be able to apply online, and the DOJ was supposed to have an online database of licensed dealers up and running. Neither the online license application portal nor the seller database were up and the regulations governing the licensing process were just made public on Monday. That means the process will likely take several more months to complete despite the fact that it will be illegal to purchase ammunition from anyone without the currently nonexistent ammunition dealer license on January 1, 2018.”

Coined, “gunpocalypse,” by gun rights groups challenging the regulations, has also led the Firearms Policy Coalition to file suit against the DOJ over failing to publicly release their assault weapons regulations proposals.

According to the Beacon, “Brandon Combs, president of the Firearms Policy Coalition, said the main problem facing the state’s efforts to flesh out their new gun-control measures is how complicated they are.

‘California governor Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, and the state’s legislature have created a system of gun-control laws that are so complicated and so full of problems that the attorney general and thousands of DOJ lawyers can’t figure out how to make them work without illegally creating new regulations,” Combs told the Free Beacon. “I think that a number of things are contributing to the delays, including the fact that DOJ doesn’t really want people to exercise their right to keep and bear arms. They don’t prioritize civil rights, especially ones they don’t like.’

Combs said he believes it will take the state several years to figure out how to make the new gun-control measures workable.”

Read the full story here.

 

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