California Struggling To Implement New Gun Restrictions
California, a leading state in the implementation of gun-control measures, is facing multiple setbacks for its newest gun-control reform, causing many deadlines to be pushed back or to remain in legal battles.
After the state passed laws expanding the definition of an “assault weapon” to include any magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, the state has faced major problems in trying to enforce the law, Fox News reports.
The first issue arose when the California Department of Justice attempted to register all firearms that have a “bullet button” reloading option, a decision the Office of Administrative Law condemned and determined that the DOJ had not sought proper public comments on the plan.
On June 29, U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez decided against the state and issued a preliminary injunction blocking the added gun restrictions from taking effect.
“The regulation is neither presumptively legal nor longstanding. The statute hits close to the core of the Second Amendment and is more than a slight burden. When the simple test of Heller is applied, a test that persons of common intelligence can understand, the statute is adjudged an unconstitutional abridgment.”
Another new regulation, and possibly the most controversial, is that the sale of ammunition must go through specially licensed dealers. The state promised that an online application process and state-wide database of licensed dealers would be up and running by July 1, but neither of the two is currently functional, leaving state residents unable to buy legal ammunition and dealers unable to secure any legal way of selling ammunition.