Friday, July 16, 2010

NRA/CRPA Foundation Legal Action Project Sues to Stop California AB 962

From  C. D. Michel of
The NRA-CRPA Foundation Legal Action Project ("LAP") has filed a lawsuit challenging AB 962 and the newly adopted statutes that regulate "handgun ammunition." The suit challenges the requirement that handgun ammunition be stored out of the reach of customers, the ammunition sales registration and fingerprinting requirements, and the bill’s prohibition on mail order and internet sales. The lawsuit alleges that the mandates of AB 962 are incomprehensible, and that the law’s definition of "handgun ammunition" is unconstitutionally vague.

The NRA/CRPA Foundation lawsuit has been in the works ever since AB 962 passed. A request for an injunction will be filed shortly, in an effort to stop the bill’s ammunition sales registration requirement and the ban on mail order ammunition purchases before those provisions take effect on February 1, 2011.

For months, LAP lawyers have worked to secure appropriate plaintiffs for this strategically-timed litigation. In a highly unusual move that reflects growing law enforcement opposition to ineffective gun control laws, Tehama County Sheriff Clay Parker is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit. Other plaintiffs include the CRPA Foundation, Herb Bauer Sporting Goods, ammunition shipper Able’s Ammo, collectible ammunition shipper RTG Sporting Collectibles, and individual Steven Stonecipher.

The lawsuit is being funded by the NRA / CRPA Foundation Legal Action Project (LAP). LAP is a joint venture between the Nation Rifle Association (NRA) and the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) to advance the rights of firearms owners in California. Through LAP, NRA/CRPA attorneys fight against ill-conceived gun control laws and ordinances, and educate state and local officials about available programs that are effective in reducing accidents and violence without infringing on the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

Sometimes the chances of success are greater when LAP's litigation efforts are kept low profile, so for now the details of this lawsuit are not being released. To see a partial list of the Legal Action Project’s recent accomplishments, click here. To contribute to the NRA / CRPAF Legal Action Project (LAP) and support this and similar Second Amendment cases, visit Please register at to receive updates on this and other litigation as it is made available.
 From the discussion on, it seems that this lawsuit has not been filed yet but will be within the next two weeks. You can read the thread here.

UPDATE: Thanks to Glen I found that this case was filed on June 17th in Superior Court in Fresno, CA. The link to the case is here. However, it only gives the parties and not the complaint.


  1. The suit was filed some time ago (June 17, 2010) in California Superior Court for Fresno County. It is docketed as 10CECG02116 - Sherrif Clay Parker vs. State of California.

    For some reason, the plaintiff's attorneys distributed press releases today announcing their action, yet are attempting to suppress publication of any details of their complaint – including when and where it was filed, the names of the respondents, and the contents of the complaint.