Federal court rejects challenge to California gun safety law

Feb 28, 2015 11:15 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal court has rejected a challenge to California's gun safety law, possibly paving the way for a requirement that new guns mark the bullets they fire so they can be traced.

The ruling came Wednesday from a court in Sacramento.

Two gun rights groups had challenged the constitutionality of a law that aimed to outlaw cheap "Saturday Night Specials" by banning the sale of guns that failed to meet safety requirements.

A 2007 amendment required new handguns to have technology that microstamps a bullet casing with a code identifying the gun's make, model and serial number.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said Friday that the ruling means more gun crimes will be solved.

Messages to Alan Gura, an attorney for the gun groups, weren't immediately returned.

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