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Friday, December 29, 2017

Will You Send a Special Donation to Support VSSA's Efforts in Duncan v. Becerra?

In 2000, California made it illegal to sell magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds. However, through the graciousness of the state of California, citizens who already owned those now “illegal” magazines were grandfathered in.

Prop 63 changed that. Owners of those magazines would now have to either surrender them or face up to a one-year prison sentence. Peaceful people who own “oversized” magazines must obey the government and give up their property.   Once again, instead of protecting individual rights, the state of California went on the attack against them.

A suit was filed against the constitutionality of the magazine confiscation law, naming California attorney general Xavier Becerra as the defendant. Fortunately, the case came before a Judge that was born in Havana, Cuba, Judge Roger Benitez. His life history probably has something to do his aversion to authoritarianism.

In Duncan v. Becerra, Judge Benitez issued an injunction that blocks Proposition 63 from taking effect. California appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Similar to what was done with the Heller and McDonald cases in 2008 and 2010, the NRA State Associations have been asked to support an amicus curiae in the Duncan case and to donate toward the expense of filing the brief.  VSSA plans to join the brief but the cost was not part of the budget we approved for the coming year.  We are asking VSSA members to help with a special donation to the War Chest to help with this effort.  Even a small donation will help defray the costs of supporting the amicus brief.  With the uncertainty still remaining from the 2017 statewide election, laws like those passed in California may soon come to Virginia.  That makes rolling back laws like Prop 63 even more important.

VSSA appreciates the continued support of our members as we work to protect the rights of Virginia's gun owners.

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