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NRA Files Federal Lawsuit Against California's Gun Laws

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By    |   Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 05:37 PM

The National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit aimed at overturning a sweeping set of gun-control laws in California – the first of six expected challenges to statutes threatening "gun ownership from every angle," Fox News reported.

The lawsuit filed in federal court Monday by the California Rifle and Pistol Association – the state affiliate of the NRA – deals with a ban on almost every style of the so-called assault rifle, including the nation's most popular: the AR-15, Fox News reported.

The lawsuit argues the ban is unconstitutional because it infringes on the Second Amendment and "criminalizes possession" of guns commonly used by law-abiding citizens, Fox News reported.

"They're coming at gun ownership from every angle," Chuck Michel of the California Rifle and Pistol Association, told Fox News.

"The whole [public relations] campaigns to demonize gun owners, it's all completely inappropriate, and it's part of an agenda that I think the Trump administration rejects."

The group also plans to challenge a state law that bans high-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, as well as ther gun-control measures signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown, Fox News reported.

According to Fox News, the NRA likely waited for the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court to file its suit. Gorsuch, like former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, is generally seen as friend to the Second Amendment.

But the state's Democratic Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, who pushed heavily to pass the laws, told the Los Angeles Times he is confident the laws will stand up in court.

"Background checks and other guns laws California has enacted have saved lives and are key in making our mortality rate one of the lowest in the nation," de León said in a statement, the Times reported.

"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 National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit aimed at overturning a sweeping set of gun-control laws in California – the first of six expected challenges to statutes threatening "gun ownership from every angle," Fox News reported.
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