While the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) may be based in Fairfax (VA), they’ve taken aim on California—with the California Rifle & Pistol Association (CRPA) having their back. Both outfits are slapping the west coast state with a Second Amendment lawsuit to ultimately bring down the Assault Weapons Control Act (AWCA).
In Rupp v. Becerra, the NRA is pushing for the judicial system to label the AWCA as an anti-constitutional act due to it having no real effect in thwarting terrorism and/or crime. More, the act’s a shoddy attempt to block people’s Second Amendment rights.
Under the AWCA, it is legally forbidden to make/assemble, sell, distribute (this includes traveling with a gun), import or pass along infinitely many everyday well-known, semi-automatic firearms—the current law incorrectly categorized them as “assault weapons.” In other words, the sale of and/or the handing down of guns is/are against the law in California. (A gun owner can’t even arm their own kids or leave guns in their wills should they die.) More, all gun owner are mandated to register any/all pieces as “assault weapons,” or they’ll be penalized for breaking the “law.”
Pro-Second Amendment folks weren’t going to stand for anti-gun hippies curbing people’s rights laid out in the US Constitution—cue the Rupp case. “Assault-weapon”-statute conspirators include Governor Jerry Brown, who signed the act back in July 2016. The nearly 10-million, pro-gun Californians call the new rules and regulations “gunmageddon.” The aforementioned case is fighting it all the way—including the Golden State’s overarching, statutory shadiness.
Earlier pro-gun efforts are still on the table and are being used in the arsenal against these newer laws. The Rupp case is simply the first NRA/CRPA bullet to be fired at the “gunmageddon” bills—in addition to the new laws under Proposition 63 (even local authorities are hating on that one).