United States Ninth Circuit

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Pena v. Lindley, 15-15449

Affirmed summary judgment in favor of California in an action challenging three provisions of the state's Unsafe Handgun Act. Gun owners and gun rights organizations contended that the law violates the Second Amendment and Equal Protection Clause by narrowing their ability to buy semiautomatic pistols in California, specifically by requiring three technical features: a chamber load indicator, a magazine detachment mechanism, and microstamping. Rejecting their argument, the Ninth Circuit found that the California law regulates only commercial sales, not possession, and does so in a way that does not impose a substantial burden on handgun purchasers.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/08/03


  • McKeown


  • United States Ninth Circuit


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