California Groups Promise To Sue Over Proposition 63

Several gun-rights groups are taking advantage of a new Republican president and plan on having Proposition 63 overturned in court. Here’s why.

California Groups Promise To Sue Over Proposition 63

The “Safety for All” voter proposition passed earlier this week in California, but that’s not where the story ends. According to, lawsuits for this proposition and possible others will soon to coming.

“With our victory in the presidential election, successful legal challenges will not be filed against all these new ill-conceived and unconstitutional laws, and those cases will be heard by a new Supreme Court that will see these laws as the Second Amendment violations that they are,” Attorney Chuck Michel, president of the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), said in a statement.

The “Safety for All” proposition appeared on Tuesday’s ballot as Proposition 63 and was approved 63-37, according to The measure, which was funded by $5.2 million from the state’s Democratic Party and donors, requires background checked for purchasing all ammunition. The new rule is a first in the U.S.

The CRPA isn’t the only organizations challenging the new ruling. A group named Stop Prop 63 was sponsored primarily by the California-based Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC). The FPC is also looking into legal action.

“Following the historic election of Donald J. Trump, we look forward to challenging Proposition 63 and many other extreme gun control laws in federal courts that respect the original public meaning of our great Constitution and the unambiguous text, history, and tradition of the Second Amendment,” Craig J. DeLuz, director of communications with the FPC, said in a statement emailed to

The potential lawsuits could alter scheduled mandates and dates of the new laws — or cancel them altogether. However, listed below, via Gun Owners of California, are the dates listed for each new mandate becomes effective:

  • Reporting mandate of lost and stolen guns: July 1, 2017
  • “Large” capacity magazine possession ban: July 1, 2017
  • Illegal ammunition transfers: Effective immediately
  • Ammunition sales process (deadline for completion of regulations): January 1, 2018
  • Ammunition vendor licensing requirement and ban on internet sales: January 1, 2018
  • Limitations on ammunition displays: Effective date is unknown
  • Registration of ammunition sales: January 1, 2019
  • Ammunition purchase permits: January 1, 2019
  • Local regulation of ammunition – not preempted: Effective immediately
  • Confiscation of firearms from prohibited persons: January 1, 2018


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