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NRANews: A Legacy of Injustice, The California "Assault Weapons" Control Act 20 Years Later

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Published on Mar 10, 2011

Matt Corwin is a former military police officer who was attending Los Angeles City College while on injured reserve leave from the Army before being reactivated. He was active in conservative politics on campus. On April 23, 2007, someone from his school called the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and told Detectives about Matt's MySpace webpage, which depicted numerous legal firearms, as well as videos of Mr. Corwin shooting at a range.

From there, Matt's horror story began. Now, the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) Foundation, in cooperation with National Rifle Association (NRA) News, has released a video documenting Matt's experience, and the outlandishness of California's law banning certain semi-automatic sporting firearms. Twenty years after it's passage, the law has only a legacy of injustice. The compelling video, "A Legacy of Injustice," is posted at http://www.youtube.com/MichelLawyers.

California law essentially bans the possession of certain firearms designated as "assault weapons." But the term "assault weapon" has no meaning in technical firearm parlance. It is a purely legal term, arbitrarily defined by statute and administrative regulations and contrary to common sense. As a result, there is a tremendous amount of confusion about what constitutes an "assault weapon." (To read about these laws please visit the Reference Materials section of our website at: Michellawyers.com.)

Private citizens are not alone in their confusion over what is regulated by California's "assault weapon" control law. Police, prosecutors, and judges are equally confused. Many of these leaders are interviewed in the video.

Watch "A Legacy of Injustice" and consider how easy it could be for you or your family to become an accidental felon under California's vague gun laws.

Seventeen years ago the NRA and CRPA joined forces to fight local gun bans being written and pushed in California by the gun ban lobby. Their coordinated efforts became the NRA/CRPA "Local Ordinance Project" (LOP) - a statewide campaign to fight ill-conceived local efforts at gun control and educate politicians about available programs that are effective in reducing accidents and violence without infringing on the rights of law-abiding gun owners. The NRA/CRPA LOP has had tremendous success in beating back most of these anti-self-defense proposals.

In addition to fighting local gun bans, for decades the NRA has been litigating dozens of cases in California courts to promote the right to self-defense and the 2nd Amendment. In the post Heller and McDonald legal environment, NRA and CRPA Foundation have formed the NRA/CRPA Foundation Legal Action Project (LAP), a joint venture to pro-actively strike down ill-conceived gun control laws and ordinances and advance the rights of firearms owners, specifically in California. Sometimes, success is more likely when LAP's litigation efforts are kept low profile, so the details of every lawsuit are not always released.

To see a partial list of the LOP and LAP's recent accomplishments, or to contribute to the NRA or to the NRA/CRPAF LAP and support this and similar Second Amendment cases, visit www.nraila.com and www.crpafoundation.org.

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