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Summary: Sharp, et al. v. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, et al. is a constitutional challenge to the DOJ's defective "bullet button assault weapon" registration system and failures to perform their duties that prevented many Californians from registering their firearms before July 1, 2018, thus denying them exemption from many serious criminal laws, and a petition for writ of mandate to require the DOJ to register their firearms as many individuals tried and intended to do before July 1.

Individual Plaintiffs/Petitioners: Harry Sharp, David Ajirogi, and Ryan Gilardy are all law-abiding, tax-paying residents of California who lawfully own firearms and attempted to register them before the July 1 deadline, but were prevented from doing so due to the Defendants failures and defective systems.

Institutional Plaintiffs/Petitioners: Firearms Policy Coalition; Firearms Policy Foundation; The Calguns Foundation; Second Amendment Foundation

Defendants: Xavier Becerra, Attorney General of California; Brent E. Orick, Acting Chief of the Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms; the California Department of Justice; Does 1-20.

Litigation Counsel: George M. Lee; Douglas A. Applegate; Raymond M. DiGuiseppe

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Important Case Filings & Actions:

  • 2019-6-26: Order & Memorandum Denying Motion to Dismiss
  • 2019-2-27: ORDER ADOPTING PARTIES’ JOINT RULE 26(F) REPORT AND DISCOVERY PLAN: "In light of the lack of settlement of the pleadings, pending defendants’ motion to dismiss (Doc. #14), and pursuant to the parties’ stipulation, the cutoff date for all discovery, with the exception of expert witness discovery, shall be completed within ten (10) months after the defendants’ filing of an answer to the operative complaint, should the Court allow the claims to proceed after ruling on defendants’ motion to dismiss (Doc. #14). Thereafter, the timing of expert witness discovery would be governed pursuant to the same time table set forth in this Court’s initial Pretrial Scheduling Order (Doc. #2), i.e., expert disclosure and reports would be due 60 days after the close of discovery, and supplemental expert witness discovery due 30 days after that date. Except as otherwise modified herein, all conditions of the Court’s original Initial Pretrial Scheduling Order (Doc. #2), pertaining to discovery shall apply. The parties shall file a Joint Notice of Trial Readiness not later than thirty (30) days after receiving the Court’s ruling(s) on the last filed dispositive motions, if any, or within thirty (30) days after the close of supplemental expert witnesses."
  • 2018-9-21: Second Amended Complaint (Fed. E.D. Cal. docket #10)
  • 2018-8-24: New case assigned to District Judge Morrison C. England, Jr (E.D.Cal.)
  • 2018-8-24: Notice of Removal to Federal Eastern District of California
  • 2018-7-10: Verified Complaint for Declarative and Injunctive Relief and Petition for Writ of Mandamus