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California Law Allowing Private Residents To Sue Gunmakers Takes Effect

•, by Jill McLaughlin

California's new regulations give private citizens the ability to sue anyone who imports, distributes, manufactures, or sells assault firearms, homemade weapons, ghost guns, or .50 BMP rifles.

The law, Senate Bill (SB) 1327, also restricts the sale of firearms to anyone under 21 years old.

These restrictions are already enforced by California; however, this new law allows citizens to sue violators for at least $10,000.

This is modeled after the Texas Heartbeat Act which allows private citizens to sue anyone involved in providing abortions after a doctor has detected a fetal heartbeat. In that law, citizens can file lawsuits against doctors, clinics, or anyone involved in the abortion.

"California explicitly passed this bill, SB 1327, as sort of a response to Texas's policy decision," Attorney Jim Manley, with the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation, told The Epoch Times. "This is sort of a weird way of restricting certain rights by not involving the state in the process."

The law creates another layer of restrictions for firearms dealers by doubling down on existing California gun bans.

However, firearms deals are not able to challenge SB 1327 because the state has been removed from imposing the restrictions, and instead, individual citizens would be enforcing them, Manley said.