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California’s Firearm Transfer Fee Still in Place After Court Ruling

Firearms Transfer Fee

By Craig Martin

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court has historically been problematic for gun-owners, from their ruling stating that it is not a Californian’s right to carry concealed without “good reason” to continuing a “cool-down” period for anyone buying a gun and now a new issue brought before them sees the same anti-gun tendencies of this court.

The National Rifle Association recently brought to a federal appeals court a motion to do away with California’s law stating that $5 of a mandatory firearm transfer’s $19 charge be put towards a fund to help efforts against illegal firearms purchases. The remaining $14 of this charge goes towards background checks and paperwork processing around the state.

These charges that the NRA as well as the California Rifle and Pistol Association Foundation were fighting against were dubbed an “unconstitutional tax on a fundamental right” by the parties.

But when this decision was put in the hands of the ninth, there was not even a dissenting voice to speak up for gun owners. The decision to keep the charge on the books was made by a 3-0 decision amongst the judges, effectively keeping it so that all firearms purchases and transfers in California assist anti-gun efforts.

After the decision was made, there were no comments from the NRA, nor the lawyers who argued their case. There weren’t even any comments from the case’s defendant, California’s new Attorney General, Xavier Becerra. It just seems like another case of California gun owners taking another hit on the chin for being gun owners.

What are your opinions of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court? How have they affected your life as a gun owner? Do you think that they are interfering with the constitutional right to bear arms? Let us know your opinions in the comment section below.

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