In a live television broadcast, Gun Owners of California announced its support today of the lawsuit filed by the California Rifle and Pistol Association and the National Rifle Association which challenges the constitutionality of the state’s “assault weapon” ban.
Speaking before the Capitol Television News Service, Executive Director Sam Paredes said that Gun Owners of California is proud to support a lawsuit filed in defense of the 2nd Amendment. “We are confident in the ultimate success of this legal move, which will declare that the “Assault Weapon Control Act (AWCA)” does not meet constitutional muster,” said Paredes.
Under the AWCA, it is illegal to manufacture, sell, transport or import firearms that California has deemed to be “assault weapons” – a term coined by the legislature in 1989. Gun owners are now required to register legally-owned guns currently in their possession, or face potential felony prosecution. Also included in the AWCA is a ban on standard capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
The lawsuit, Rupp v. Becerra (Attorney General for the state) will legally challenge the constitutionality of the law under the 2nd Amendment, the 14th Amendment and the “taking” clause (private property shall not be taken for public use, without just compensation).
“Gun Owners of California plans to fully support litigation that would invalidate any statute that prevents the law abiding from self-protection,” concluded Paredes.