A federal judge on Monday blocked a California law that restricts the sale of new handguns.
U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney said parts of the legislation violate the Second Amendment.
He wrote that the state’s requirements for new handguns are unconstitutional and cannot be enforced.
Because of these restrictions, Carney wrote, no new models of semiautomatic handguns have been approved for sale since 2013 and Californians are forced to buy older and potentially less safe models.
He issued a preliminary injunction to take effect in two weeks, giving the state Department of Justice time to appeal.
A lawsuit challenging the law was filed last year by the California Rifle & Pistol Association and other gun rights supporters.
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