California Gov. Jerry Brown has not acted on a bill to outlaw the sale of semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines, but the National Rifle Association is warning it will challenge it in court, the Los Angeles Times reports. Brown has until Oct. 13 to act on that bill and 13 other gun control measures. “The NRA's planned legal challenges are simply part of its prudent contingency plan to do everything possible to protect the rights of Californians who choose to own a gun to protect themselves and their families,” said Chuck Michel, an attorney who represents the association in California.
The legislature approved a flurry of gun control bills this year in reaction to Newtown, Ct., massacre, in which a gunman killed 20 children and six adults. Brown, who has said he owns guns himself, has not signaled how he plans to act on the crop of new gun control bills. Said Michel: “The gun ban lobby will never be satisfied. California is now living proof that the slippery slope of gun control is real.”