Federal Judge Blocks Calif. Handgun Safety Rule

A federal judge ruled that a California law mandating restrictions for new handguns is unconstitutional and can’t be enforced, the Washington Examiner reported on Tuesday.

U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney wrote that the state’s rules for new handguns, including certain mechanical safety features, have disallowed approval of new semiautomatic handguns for sale since 2013 and that Californians are forced to buy older and potentially more dangerous models.

The judge’s ruling means that another law is subject to scrutiny after the Supreme Court ruled last year that firearm laws must be “consistent” with the historical tradition of regulation in the United States, the Washington Examiner reported.

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