Sacramento, CA –-(Ammoland.com)-On January 23, 2013, the City of San Jose's Rules and Open Government Committee considered a proposed ordinance that would have required owners of so-called “assault weapons” to register and store such firearms with the police department, and to provide the department with a reasonable explanation of “need” before their firearms could be released to them.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) and CRPA Foundation (CRPAF), as part of their joint Local Ordinance Project effort, had attorneys from the law firm of Michel & Associates, P.C. submit a letter to the Committee opposing the proposed ordinance. The letter explained how the proposal is preempted by state law on various grounds and would be struck down in court. The Committee decided not to take any further action on the ordinance.
This is not the first local effort of this type. NRA and CRPAF previously had attorneys from Michel & Associates contact the City of Berkeley to encourage the city to repeal its “assault weapon” ordinance. Before that, NRA's attorneys received official confirmation from various cities that their “assault weapon” ordinances were considered preempted and unenforceable.
San Jose's rejection of the proposed ordinance marks the latest example of local governments understanding their limits when it comes to gun laws. Recently, the City of Capitola also thoughtfully rejected an ill-conceived package of gun control ordinances after receiving a letter from NRA/CRPAF attorneys.
On the other side, in a refreshing move that underscores the sharp cultural divide on the meaning and parameters of the right to self-defense and to keep and bear arms, the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution, and the Lemoore City Council adopted a resolution in support of the Second Amendment and the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Read more here.
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The NRA and CRPA joined forces in 1993 to fight local gun bans being written and pushed in California by the gun ban lobby. Their coordinated efforts became the NRA/CRPA “Local Ordinance Project” (LOP) – a statewide campaign to fight ill-conceived local efforts at gun control and educate politicians about available programs that are effective in reducing accidents and violence without infringing on the rights of law-abiding gun owners. The NRA/CRPA LOP has had tremendous success in beating back most of these anti-self-defense proposals.
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