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SAN DIEGO (CN) – A novel ban on non-serialized, unfinished, untraceable firearms — known as ghost guns — signed into law by San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria may violate state law allowing gun owners to assemble their own weapons.
U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant was asked by several gun owners Tuesday to issue a temporary restraining order blocking the law, which is set to go into effect Oct. 23.
But the Second Amendment proponents advocating for their right to assemble their own firearms took it a step further, suggesting San Diego’s ban criminalizes legal conduct rather than preventing untraceable weapons from getting into the wrong hands.
“Although the city may have good intentions in what it’s trying to prevent, it actually prevents lawful conduct with the state regulatory scheme,” attorney John Dillon, representing individual gun owners along with the San Diego County Gun Owners PAC and Firearms Policy Coalition, told the Barack Obama appointee.