‘Assault’ Weapons Rule Rejected By California Agency

California leftists have been blocked from their efforts to expand the definition of “assault weapons” and impose strict new rules.

The state agency responsible for carrying out compliance – the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL)– blocked the proposed new rules on assault weapons by refusing to move forward with draft regulations from the state Justice Department.

In May, State Attorney General Xavier Becerra delivered the proposed new rules to the OAL, which would require Californians to report certain guns into a state database.

The NRA and other groups were opposed to the new rule change – which contains 40 new definitions reclassifying firearms as “assault weapons.” They said there are several “potential illegalities” with the rules as written and demanded that they be opposed or withdrawn, Guns.com reports.

Chuck Michel, counsel in the state for the NRA and CRPA, told Guns.com on Tuesday his team is fighting for Californians’ Second Amendment rights at every turn.

“We have multiple lawsuits filed and pending, and we are watch-dogging every step taken by the administrative agencies,” said Michel. “We will push these and other efforts as far as they need to go, including back to the Supreme Court, to protect the right to choose to own a gun for sport or to defend our families.”

State residents who are already required to register their so-called “assault weapons” online face another dilemma. The website set up to accept registrations is still not working.

One reason the OAL rejected the new rule: The state didn’t provide for public comment.

“They just want to railroad it through the Office of Administrative Law and get them published without any public comment,” Michel told Guns.com on Tuesday in a phone call. He fears since the latest set of regs revise the same code sections as the first, there are still multiple illegalities in DOJ’s latest version.



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