Federal Judge Blocks California’s Restriction on Handgun Sales

May 13, 2023

A federal judge has blocked California’s attempt to restrict handgun sales, ruling that the law violates the Second Amendment.

The law, known as the California Handgun Roster, required all handguns sold in the state to be approved by the state’s Department of Justice. The law was designed to prevent the sale of handguns that were not deemed to be safe or reliable.

However, in a ruling on Monday, U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez found that the law violated the Second Amendment by effectively creating a “may issue” system for handgun sales. Under a “may issue” system, the government has discretion over whether to grant a permit to purchase a handgun and can deny a permit for any reason.

Benitez wrote that the California Handgun Roster “creates a system of unconstitutional favoritism that discriminates against law-abiding citizens who desire to purchase handguns that are not on the roster.”

The ruling is a major victory for gun rights advocates, who have long argued that the California Handgun Roster is an unconstitutional infringement on the Second Amendment. The ruling is also a setback for gun control advocates, who have argued that the law is necessary to reduce gun violence.

The California Attorney General’s Office has said that it is reviewing the ruling and considering its options. It is possible that the state will appeal the ruling to a higher court.

The ruling is likely to have a significant impact on gun laws in California and across the country. It is a reminder that the Second Amendment is a powerful force in the United States and that it will be difficult for states to pass laws that restrict gun ownership.

The ruling is also a reminder that the debate over gun control is a complex one, and that there are strong arguments on both sides of the issue. It is important to have a civil and respectful dialogue about gun control and to consider all of the arguments before making a decision.

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