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After CA NRA affiliate files lawsuit over assault weapons ban, a look at chances to succeed and how SCOTUS could fit in

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Assault rifles are displayed during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 4, 2013 in Houston, Texas. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Arguing that California’s Assault Weapons Control Act infringes on the Second Amendment, the state’s NRA affiliate filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging the ban’s constitutionality.

Attorneys for the NRA say they’re planning to file a number of lawsuits against gun control laws in California, including one that could come down as soon as next week challenging the ban on ammo magazines that hold more than 10 bullets.

The move is seen by many as having a two-fold purpose: the challenge itself to the California law as well as a play at the long game. With newly-installed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch bringing a conservative majority back to the High Court, it would seem the NRA is taking its chances that one or more of these lawsuits would make it to the Supreme Court level, where they feel they’d have a better chance of succeeding than in the lower-level California courts.

What are the chances of success for this lawsuit? If one or more of the lawsuits against California’s gun control laws were to make it to the Supreme Court, what would the outcome be?


Chuck Michel, CEO and senior partner at the Long Beach-based law firm Michel & Associates

Amanda Wilcox, legislative advocate of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence

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