Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) December 17, 2013
Michel & Associates, West Coast Counsel for the National Rifle Association, filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday, 11/19/13, on behalf of the San Francisco Veteran Police Officers Association, challenging San Francisco’s recent ban on the possession of gun magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds. The Second Amendment based legal challenge is part of a campaign of nationwide litigation filed and supported by a variety of law enforcement officers and associations to confirm that the Second Amendment protects these common, standard-capacity magazines for self-defense and sport shooting.
The San Francisco Veteran Police Officers Association represents the retired officers from the San Francisco Police Department. SFPOA is joined in the suit by several individual San Francisco residents who wish to possess these magazines for self-defense purposes or sporting purposes.
The City’s ordinance would confiscate any prohibited magazines and, because of state laws, restrict their transfer without replacement. San Francisco’s ordinance is set to take effect on December 8, 2013. Residents, including retired police officers, will have until March 8, 2014 to turn their magazines over to the police, remove them from the City in the few cases where it might be legal, or transfer them to a licensed firearms dealer.
Michel & Associates, representing the plaintiffs, will seek an injunction to prevent the City from enforcing the law.
A ballot measure enacting a similar ordinance was recently passed in the City of Sunnyvale, California. Litigation supported by the NRA is currently in the works to challenge that law when the City Council certifies the vote and the measure formally becomes law.
C.D. "Chuck" Michel has played a significant role in defending and helping to shape 2nd Amendment rights and legislation for over 2 decades. He has been instrumental in crafting some of the most important legal challenges to legislative efforts that impede gun rights guaranteed in the Constitution and represents may of the most prominent firearms organizations, including the National Rifle Association and the California Rifle and Pistol Association. He is Adjunct Professor at Chapman University where he teaches firearms law and author of the book "California Gun Laws - A Guide to State and Federal Firearm Regulations."
Case Number: CV 13 5351
Court of Record: United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco