This is only one of our many legal battles in the state.
Three gun owners who tried for weeks without success to comply with a new mandate to register reclassified “assault weapons” are taking the state to court.
The lawsuit— filed in Shasta County Superior Court on Wednesday by David Ajirogi, Ryan Gilardy, and Harry Sharp– argues that the state’s firearm reporting website was offline when they attempted to comply with a new law changing how some guns are classified. Guns.com previously reported that the CFARS website was experiencing widespread problems in the last week of June as those seeking to register guns with newly regulated “bullet button” devices moved to log their firearms with state authorities.
The suit argues that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office knew as far back as March that the new website was plagued with developmental issues, while the program overseeing it was underfunded and understaffed...
The lawsuit is backed by a host of gun rights groups including the Calguns Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, and Second Amendment Foundation, who have signed on as institutional plaintiffs.
“It’s like a bad version of ‘Catch-22’,” said Alan Gottlieb, SAF founder. “The government required registration by the deadline, but the online registration failed and people couldn’t register. They’re required to obey the law, but the system broke down, making it impossible to obey the law. Now, these people face the possibility of being prosecuted. We simply cannot abide that kind of incompetence.”
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