NRA, NSSF join fight in California against mail-order ammo ban

Several gun rights groups joined the fight last week to challenge a bill in California that would have banned the purchasing of mostly mail-order handgun ammunition and mandated registration of thumb-printing for all in-store purchases.     

A supreme court judge approved amicus brief filings from the National Rifle Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Western Sheriff’s Association and others on on Nov. 6, adding muscle to the 3-year-old Parker v. California case, so named after former Tehema County Sheriff Clay Parker, who challenged the state’s Assembly Bill 962.

The bill was halted in court in 2011 — that decision was upheld by the California Court of Appeals in 2013 — and the case now sits before the Fifth Appellate District Court of Appeal, according to court documents. The plaintiffs filed the injunction against the state and then Attorney General Jerry Brown in June 2010.    

Co-plaintiffs include Herb Bauer Sporting Goods, the California Rifle and Pistol Association, Able’s Sporting Inc. and RTG Sporting Collectibles LLC.