California gun owners couldn’t meet registration deadline due to state computer crashes, suit claims

California gun owners couldn't meet registration deadline due to state computer crashes, suit claims

A variety of military-style semiautomatic rifles obtained during a buy back program are displayed at Los Angeles police headquarters. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press) Gun owner groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday against state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, alleging that state computer crashes prevented California owners of assault weapons from registering them by a June 30 deadline, after which they were required to dispose of the firearms. During the week before the registration deadline, the state Department of Justice’s registration system “was largely inaccessible, and inoperable on a wide variety of ordinary web browsers across the state,” the lawsuit states. The legal action was filed in Shasta County Superior Court on behalf of three gun owners and the Calguns Foundation, the Second Amendment Foundation, the Firearms Policy Foundation and the Firearms Policy Coalition. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press) A judge on Monday dismissed the federal government’s claim that U.S. law trumps two California laws intended to protect immigrants who are in the country illegally, affirming his ruling last week that California was within its rights to pass two of its three so-called sanctuary laws. U.S. District Judge John Mendez rejected the U.S. government’s argument on two of the laws that the U.S. Constitution gives the federal government pre-eminent power over states to regulate immigration. The Trump administration argued that California is obstructing its immigration enforcement efforts. As he did in last week’s decision, Mendez ruled Monday that the federal government could proceed with its attempt to block part of a […]

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