NRA Plans To Sue If CA Guv Signs Semi-Automatic Weapons Ban

The National Rifle Association announced Tuesday that it intends to file suit against the state of California if Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs a bill banning the sale of some semi-automatic weapons.

The California state legislature passed the bill in early September, after the state Senate advanced it as part of a suite of gun control proposals earlier this summer. The bill bans new sales of semi-automatic rifles with removable magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, and requires those who already own such a firearm to register it as an assault weapon, according to Reuters.

The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action wrote on its website that the bill, SB 374, is unconstitutional and “would make unprecedented changes to California’s already unjust and byzantine ‘assault weapon’ law.”

“Our Right to Keep and Bear Arms has never been as seriously threatened in California as it is today,” it wrote. “After years of incrementally adopting gun control measures, this year the Legislature decided to propose new laws adopting everything on the gun ban lobby’s wish list.”

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