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With Gorsuch on SCOTUS, NRA Launching 'Series' of Lawsuits Against CA Gun Control


Steve Ueckert/AP

by AWR HAWKINS  25 Apr 2017

With Justice Neil Gorsuch now seated on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), the NRA is launching a "series" of lawsuits aimed at rolling back gun controls in California.

The NRA's first move is a suit filed with the California Rifle and Pistol Association - a suit which seeks to have California's "assault weapons" ban declared unconstitutional.

The suit was filed April 24, and the NRA-ILA announced:

The Los Angeles Times reports that the suit is the first in a "series" that the NRA plans to file, now that Gorsuch is on the bench.

President Trump campaigned on using SCOTUS to save the Second Amendment. On October 9, 2016, he said:

Gorsuch's nomination, and subsequent confirmation, were widely viewed as the fulfillment of Trump's campaign pledge. And the Times reports that the NRA is undertaking a legal push that it had been holding for such a time as this: Chuck Michel is one of the attorneys representing the pro-Second Amendment groups in the suit against the "assault weapons" ban, and he purposefully points out that AR-15s and similar rifles are "commonly possessed for lawful purposes by law-abiding citizens for self- defense or shooting sports." The reference to firearms "commonly possessed" for "self-defense" ties back to language in the crucial majority opinion of District of Columbia v Heller (2008), wherein Justice Antonin Scalia indicated that for every epoch of American history, the Second Amendment protects weapons "'in common use at the time,' for lawful purposes like self-defense."

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.