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Federal judge blocks California handgun safety law: Media Miss

Mar 21, 2023

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A federal judge blocked part of a California law that requires certain handgun safety features. Features required on new handguns include an indicator that shows when the gun is loaded, a mechanism that prevents firing if the magazine isn’t fully inserted and the ability to stamp shell casings. The last feature makes it easy to identify which gun the shell casings came from.

All of the required safety features fall under California’s Unsafe Handgun Act, a law that barred people from purchasing handguns that don’t comply after 2013. However, guns with the features required under the law weren’t being manufactured after 2013.

In 2022, the California Rifle & Pistol Association and several individuals brought a lawsuit saying the law denied residents their Second Amendment rights. The lawsuit came the same year the U.S. Supreme Court blocked gun restrictions in New York.

U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney applied a similar ruling in the California case, writing “no handgun available in the world has all three of these features.” The state will stop enforcing the law when the judge’s preliminary injunction begins in two weeks, unless there’s an appeal.

“We will continue to lead efforts to advance and defend California’s gun safety laws,” California Attorney General Rob Bonta said in a statement. “As we move forward to determine next steps in this case, Californians should know that this injunction has not gone into effect and that California’s important gun safety requirements related to the Unsafe Handgun Act remain in effect.”

Straight Arrow News aims to identify when stories are being underreported on either side of the political aisle and media landscape. This story is a Media Miss for left-leaning outlets, with most sources reporting it being either right-leaning or center-oriented outlets, according to Ground.News.

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A federal judge is blocking part of a California law that requires certain safety features on handguns.
Those features required on new handguns include an indicator that shows when the gun is loaded — a mechanism that prevents firing if the magazine isn’t fully inserted — and the ability to stamp shell casings — making it easy to identify which gun they came from.
This all falls under California’s Unsafe Handgun Act — which barred people from purchasing handguns that don’t comply after 2013.
The thing is – guns with those features weren’t being manufactured after 2013.
So last year — the California Rifle & Pistol Association and several individuals brought a lawsuit — saying the law denied residents their second amendment rights.
This comes after a Supreme Court ruling last year that blocked gun restrictions in New York State.
U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney agreed. Writing “no handgun available in the world has all three of these features.”
The state will stop enforcing the law when the judge’s preliminary injunction begins in two weeks–unless there’s an appeal.
The state Attorney General Rob Bonta said in a statement, “We will continue to lead efforts to advance and defend California’s gun safety laws. As we move forward to determine next steps in this case, Californians should know that this injunction has not gone into effect and that California’s important gun safety requirements related to the Unsafe Handgun Act remain in effect.”
This story is considered a Media Miss, as it’s underreported by left-leaning outlets.
At Straight Arrow News, we work to cover a range of stories–and provide context for them.


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