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Gun Enthusiasts Challenge California’s Delayed Background Checks in Court

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California's gun laws face legal challenges as gun enthusiasts accuse the state of delaying background checks due to Covid-19, a case now in the Court of Appeal. (GV Wire Composite/David Rodriguez)
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The Golden State finds itself in the crosshairs of gun enthusiasts who claim the state overstepped its bounds by delaying background checks beyond the 10-day limit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The case, which is currently being heard in a California Court of Appeal, is just one of many legal challenges to California’s gun laws.

The state, known for its stringent gun control measures, is being accused of using a Department of Justice interpretation to delay over 220,000 gun purchases. The state, however, argues that the case was moot before it was even filed, as the backlog of background checks has already been addressed.

The crux of the matter lies in the interpretation of the Second Amendment and the landmark US Supreme Court ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association,Inc. v. Bruen. This ruling established the right to carry a handgun outside the home and set a new precedent for adjudicating gun cases. Judges must now determine whether firearm regulations align with the “historical tradition” of those laws, dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

This case is not an isolated incident. It’s part of a larger narrative of gun control battles being fought across the country. States like New York, Illinois, and Connecticut are enacting what they call “common sense regulations,” but these measures are being met with resistance from gun rights advocates.

Read more at Bloomberg Law.

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