Tracy Rifle and Pistol owner Michael Baryla is suing the state of California over a 1923 law that prohibits gun stores from advertising handguns in any way that can be seen from outside the store.
Dozens of gun battles are being fought in California courts right now. Many involve the Southern California law firm led by Chuck Michel, whom some opponents have called the “NRA’s star litigator.”
Reveal recently identified some of the hundreds of assault weapon parts available on eBay despite its policy prohibiting their sale. A review of the company website found that the parts have been removed, sold or reposted.
Law enforcement officials have identified more than 17,000 Californians who are breaking the law by owning guns despite having criminal convictions, mental health issues and restraining orders.
Anyone who registered an assault weapon with the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Firearms before Jan. 23, 2001, effectively was grandfathered in. That’s 145,253 guns that would be illegal if purchased today.
For the do-it-yourself crowd, building an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle is as easy as browsing ads on eBay, the online marketplace for everything from vintage dining room sets to video games and, it turns out, assault weapon parts.
The lawsuit against Bushmaster Firearms International, the maker of the rifle that Adam Lanza used to kill 26 people in Newtown, Connecticut, is one of several cases making their way through the court that seek money damages from gun shops and manufacturers.
More than 500,000 handguns were purchased in 2014 by California buyers who passed a background check. That’s more than twice the number of handguns sold five years ago.