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Adaptive Shooting at AVGC in 2022

Apple Valley Gun Club Adaptive Shooting Program

Happy New Year Friends!

The Apple Valley Gun Club is proud to announce its 2022 schedule of Adaptive Shooting events to be held at the range.

The Adaptive Shooting Sports Program was created for people who have experienced spinal cord injury/disorder, amputee/limb-loss, and mobility impairments, providing the opportunity to enjoy the shooting sports.

Participants will have one-on-one instruction from qualified instructors and coaches, and learn firearm safety, self-defense, and marksmanship. Using adaptive equipment and techniques, every participant can shoot an assortment of firearms, regardless of their physical limitations.

The focus is not on any disability, but the abilities of those challenged athletes.

2022 Adaptive Shooting Program Schedule

Click on the respective date below to register at Eventbrite.

AVGC is committed to serving the disabled community through Adaptive Shooting Clinics and Classes.

Contact Cecil Volsch at cecilvolsch3@gmail.com with any questions.

WATCH: Quadriplegic Shoots a Gun for the First Time

January 2022 Legislation/Litigation Update

Focus for January: California Assembly Bill 1594

AB-1594 is the beginning of the plan rolled out by Governor Newsom to allow third parties to sue members of the gun industry and make lawsuits against them generally easier to file. This appears to be an avenue to circumvent the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act” (PLCAA).

More legislation is expected to be introduced to take this further. Updates to follow.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives (ATF) has proposed a regulation that would require gun retailers to carry storage or safety devices for any gun they offer for sale. This could be safes, trigger locks, etc. This is another ATF proposed rulemaking that is not based on any change in legislation. This could increase costs for FFLs, and open the potential for more regulatory action. The notice also includes an ATF proposal to include modern muzzle loading black powder firearms in the definition for “antique and replica” firearms.

Litigation

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals En Banc panel has overturned the district court ruling that found the California “Large Capacity Magazine” ban unconstitutional. The lawsuit, know currently as “Duncan v Bonta”, challenged the ban of possession of large capacity magazines that was approved by California voters in Prop 63. The ruling issued November 30, 2021, overturns the ruling of the U.S. District Court of Southern California that was issued by Judge Roger Benitez. Judge Benitez’ ruling was stayed after a period known as “Freedom Week”. Estimates run up to a million large capacity magazines being purchased during that week, which will remain illegal due to this ruling by the 9th Circuit.

Enforcement of the ban was stayed since it is expected the case will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. This is a temporary stay for 150 days but will be extended if a petition is filed with the Supreme Court.

Other cases, including Rupp v Bonta, challenging the California Assault Weapons ban was pended to Duncan v Bonta, but the three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit that heard that case has indicated it will be pended to the Supreme Court case, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen.

Renna v Bonta on the California handgun roster will be considered for certiorari by the Supreme Court for the first time this Friday, 1/14. Four justices are needed for the court to hear a case.

Bianchi v Frosh has been appealed to the Supreme Court and will also be considered. This suit challenges the Maryland ban on “assault weapons”.

Doe v Bonta is a new lawsuit filed by the NRA to block the release of gun owner’s personal information to UC Davis and other, unspecified, “research organizations”.

 

Respectfully submitted,

David Smith

December 2021 Legislative Report

December 2021 Legislation/Litigation Update

Focus for December:

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals En Banc panel has overturned the district court ruling that found the California “Large Capacity Magazine” ban unconstitutional. The lawsuit, know currently as “Duncan v Bonta”, challenged the ban of possession of large capacity magazines that was approved by California voters in Prop 63. The ruling issued November 30, 2021, overturns the ruling of the U.S. District Court of Southern California that was issued by Judge Roger Benitez. Judge Benitez’ ruling was stayed after a period known as “Freedom Week”. Estimates run up to a million large capacity magazines being purchased during that week, which will remain illegal due to this ruling by the 9th Circuit.

Manufacture, importation, and transfers of large capacity magazines have been banned by Penal Code section 32310 (A) since January 1, 2000. In 2016, Proposition 63 added subsection (C) which bans possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. That subsection was to take effect July 1, 2017, but was stayed pending the outcome of this lawsuit.

Enforcement of the ban was stayed as part of the court actions in Duncan v Bonta, but with the Appeals Court ruling that stay may be lifted. The case will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, but there is no guarantee they will agree to hear it.

Another case, Rupp v Bonta, challenging the California Assault Weapons ban was pended to Duncan v Bonta, but the three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit that heard that case has indicated it will be pended to the Supreme Court case, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen.

For the exact wording of the large capacity magazine ban:
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawcode=PEN&sectionNum=32310

For the definition of “large capacity magazine under the California Penal Code:
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawcode=PEN&sectionNum=16740

Note that manufacture, import, transfer, or possession of large capacity magazines is banned under California Penal Code section 32310, the enforcement of the ban on possession has been temporarily stayed.

Potential Legislative Action

California Governor Gavin Newsom has stated that he wants the legislature to pass a law patterned after the Texas Abortion law, but applying to “assault weapons, ghost guns, and ghost gun parts”. This would allow private citizens to sue anyone who makes or sells those items, and allows the person who sues to collect a minimum of $10,000 from the lawsuit. This is currently only a talking point, but it could be introduced when the legislature is back in session.

Respectfully submitted,
David Smith