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ast year, the California legislature
passed, and then-Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger signed, A.B. 962. This
bill-originally slated to go into effect on
Feb. 1, 2011-is an attack on the availability of handgun ammunition that, among
other things, requires ammunition sellers
to obtain a special license and to submit
records of all ammunition sales to the
state. As a result, national mail order and
online ammunition sellers stopped selling
ammunition to individuals in California.
As part of their joint Legal Action Project, NRA and the California Rifle and Pistol
Association Foundation supported a legal
challenge to this unreasonable law. On
Jan. 18, Fresno Superior Court Judge
Jeffrey Hamilton handed down a ruling
that declared the law was unconstitutionally vague because it provided no way
for sellers to determine what qualifies as
"handgun ammunition" subject to the
law's requirements. The court enjoined
enforcement of the law, allowing ammunition shipments to continue and eliminating the need for sales to be registered.
However, the ongoing legal battle has
created great uncertainty for ammunition
sellers and gun owners. The ruling should
allow shipments to continue, but ammunition sellers are moving cautiously due
to the unsettled legal situation. At press
time, the state is expected to ask a higher
court to lift the injunction.
NRA strongly agrees with Judge Hamilton's ruling and will continue to oppose
the state of California's efforts to reinstate
the law. The record-keeping requirements
are an invasion of the privacy of lawabiding gun owners, and the restriction
on mail order sales will only serve to make
ammunition harder to obtain and force
prices to increase.
CORRECTION:

February's article on the "Firearms Law
& The Second Amendment Symposium"
incorrectly stated that attorney Stephen P.
Halbrook represented the NRA in District of
Columbia v. Heller. In fact, Halbrook represented 306 members of the U.S. House and
Senate, including Vice President Dick Cheney
(in his capacity as president of the Senate). We
apologize for the error.

AP Photo/Dan Loh

Court Win On California Supreme Court
Ammo Law, But
Won't Hear Case On
Uncertainty Remains Travelers' Gun Rights

T

he passage of the Firearms Owners'
Protection Act (FOPA) in 1986 was
a landmark pro-gun victory. One
of the many reforms FOPA included
was a new law that allows travelers to
transport unloaded firearms between
locations where they can be legally possessed, without harassment by authorities under restrictive laws at the state
and local level. This protection has been
an important safeguard for the rights of
gun owners all across the country.
But now, unfortunately, the U.S.
Supreme Court has refused to hear an
appeal of a case that has made this law
nearly meaningless in one of the places
it's most needed-New Jersey.
The case involved Gregg Revell, a
Utah man arrested while in transit with
his legal and unloaded handgun. Revell
was en route from Salt Lake City to
Allentown, Pa., when he missed his connecting flight in New Jersey and his baggage was erroneously routed to Newark.
He was forced to retrieve his luggage,
stay the night at a local hotel and catch
the first flight to Allentown the next day.
But when Revell arrived at Newark
Airport to check his handgun and other
luggage, the Port Authority police arrested him for possession of an unlicensed
handgun in New Jersey. Revell spent
10 days in jail before posting bail-then
(after criminal charges were dismissed)
filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against

the Port Authority, with NRA support.
That case ended in January 2011
when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to
hear Revell's appeal of a decision from
a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Third Circuit. In March
2010, that panel rejected Revell's civil
rights suit against Port Authority officials,
saying the FOPA protection didn't apply
because (the judges claimed) the gun
was "readily accessible" during Revell's
involuntary hotel stay.
As unbelievable as Gregg Revell's
experience is, he's not the only law-abiding
gun owner who has had his Second
Amendment rights stripped by the Port
Authority. In a group of cases decided by
the Second Circuit appeals court, known
as Torraco v. Port Authority, three gun owners were arrested when they checked in
for flights out of New York City's airports.
In June 2010, a panel of the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Second Circuit said the
law doesn't create a right to travel without
being arrested-only an "affirmative
defense" against state charges.
These cases have been setbacks for
gun owners who travel through New
York and New Jersey. NRA will now have
to seek congressional action to strengthen
FOPA's protection for travelers.

IN MEMORY NRA-ILA CONTRIBUTIONS

(January 1-31, 2011)
Floyd Ashe, Shirley Mills, ME (from Mrs. Floyd Ashe & John White); Clarence Kilda, Bay City, MI
(from Frances Kilda); Robert "Jerry" Glover, Minooka, IL (from Catherine Glover); Ross Zappia,
Sierra Vista, AZ (from Cari Zappia Groves); R. O. Crutchfield, Portland, OR (from Vickie Guffee);
Elizabeth Ann Lindstrom, Ankeny, IA (from Robert & Joyce Lindstrom); Lee Walter Taylor,
Riverside, RI (from The Estate of Lee Walter Taylor and Duncan Watson); George Alves (from Warren
& Vickie Alves); David B. Jacobs, Mott, ND (from The Estate of David B. Jacobs and Mark Resner);
Patrick Catina, Oak Ridge, NJ (from Joyce & James Predmore); Charles Jacob Swam, Freeland,
MD (from Charles Cayce IV); Donn DiBiasio, Smithfield, RI (from Anthony Perry, Thomas Perry, Ann
Anesta, Francis Wagner Jr. and Rumford Hunting & Fishing Club, Inc.); Col. Richard Snyder, Frank
Mochol and Phillip Kinney (from Springwater Rod & Gun Club, Inc.)

ILA CONTRIBUTIONS

(The following contributed $1,000 or more to the NRA
Institute for Legislative Action during January 1-31, 2011.) Ned Christiansen, Three Rivers,
MI; Robert Lindstrom, Ankeny, IA; Lewis Achord, Kennesaw, GA; Steve Edelstein, Weslaco, TX; John
Chionchio, Hatboro, PA; Victor Tate, Bozeman, MT; J. S. Parker, Carefree, AZ; William Stinson, Crystal
Lake, IL; Steve Burleson, Midland, TX; James Cannon, Richmond, TX; Brownells, Inc., Montezuma, IA;
Five Points Hunt Club, Coraopolis, PA; Fin & Feather Club of Mason County, Ludington, MI; Houston
Safari Club, Houston, TX; Big Ben Sportsman Club, Alpine TX; Saulk Trail Gun Collectors, Inc.,
Edelstein, IL; Albert Lea Rifle & Pistol Club, Clarks Grove, MN; Ben Case, Great Falls, VA

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