After a judge granted a temporary stay on California's ammo background checks in April, many anti-gun administrators gained confidence in infringing on citizens' constitutional rights. Consequently, 16 Democratic Attorneys General have filed an amici curiae urging the court to vacate the injunction permanently. The Democratic attorneys general would not support the law if they did not hope to have similar legislation in their states.
States supporting ammunition background checks
The AGs of Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, The District of Columbia, Virginia, and Washington filed the brief in support of the law. Residents living in these jurisdictions should be wary of similar ammo background checks passing in their states.
The argument for the Amici curiae filing
The AGs dispute that the enactment of the California ammo background checks overstepped the state's mandate in regulating firearms. They claim that the Second Amendment allows states to regulate firearms to prevent various harmful effects of gun ownership. The Attorneys General say California's passage of the ammunition background checks fell within that mandate.
They also claim the state had proven the effectiveness of the law through various social studies and legislative findings. Judge Benitez had ruled that the experiment had been tried elsewhere and failed.
"The experiment has been tried. The casualties have been counted," Benitez wrote. "California's new ammunition background check law misfires and the Second Amendment rights of California citizens have been gravely injured."
New York's support for the law is hypocritical considering it passed a similar ammo background checks law in the SAFE Act, whose implementation was problematic leading to its suspension. The only point of reference is California, where the performance of the legislation has been abysmal. Ammunition background checks in California prevent over 60,000 law-abiding citizens from purchasing ammunition while failing to stop actual criminals. Unsurprisingly, the Democrats persist in supporting the law to make a political statement.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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