Gun owners ‘ rights organizations in California filed a lawsuit Wednesday, July 11, 2018, against California. Attorney-General Xavier Becerra, pictured, and his Ministry of Justice, alleging that the system for the register of the so-called bullet button assault weapons was not available for most of the week for July 1 deadline.
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A recently passed California gun law that expanded some firearms must be registered with the state prompted a 43 percent spike in assault weapons registration and a lawsuit by gun rights advocates, The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday reported.
In 2016, according to the law, a ban on the sale of semi-automatic assault rifles with so-called “bullet buttons” – a feature on some guns that allows for a faster replacement of ammunition. A “Bullet button” guns purchased before the law were required to be registered with the state by June 2018.
In August. 15, 2012 file photo, a plastic replica of a bullet is used to quickly remove a magazine from an assault rifle with a “bullet button” feature during a demonstration at the California Department of Justice in Sacramento, California.
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The law states that the “bullet button” rifle owners who haven’t registered their weapon deadline face up to a year imprisonment and confiscation of their weapon.
The measure was adopted after 2015, a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, which is still 14 people to life and to a 2013 shooting at Los Angeles International Airport that left a TSA agent dead and several injured. In both incidents, the shooters used weapons with the bullet button feature, The Daily Republic reported.
In the past 11 months, more than 68,000 additional assault weapons are registered in the in June, the deadline, The time reported.
The bill is co-author, Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), the so-called registration “a common sense accountability measure to track weapons that can be used for great harm to the society.”
But a coalition of gun rights groups sued the California Department of Justice last week, maintaining that a number of gun owners cannot register their guns in time, because the computers had crashed. The u.s. department of justice has denied these allegations, The Los Angeles Times reported, quoting a statement.
The lawsuit wants to allow gun owners to register after the June deadline, and the recover of the costs of the lawsuit, the paper reported.
Sam Paredes, executive director of the Gun Owners of California, argued that California registration efforts are not effective because the state has “a backlog of 10,000 people eligible for weapons that are still in the possession of firearms.”
He added, “We have problems with the registration, because we do not see that it serves a legitimate law enforcement purpose.”
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