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Firearms groups have filed a widely anticipated legal challenge against a California gun law modeled after Texas’ vigilante antiabortion legislation.
Gov. Gavin Newsom explicitly called out the Texas law in July when he signed Senate Bill 1327, which allows private citizens to sue the makers and distributors of firearms that are banned in California. The lawsuit filed Monday targets a provision — also modeled after the Texas legislation — that requires those challenging the state’s gun laws to pay legal fees if the challenge fails.
Section 1021.11 of the Code of Civil Procedure, added by SB 1327, would make attorneys and plaintiffs seeking to challenge gun laws or restrictions “jointly and severally liable to pay the attorney’s fees and costs of the prevailing party.”
Plaintiffs including San Diego firearms dealer Gunfighter Tactical, the San Diego County Gun Owners PAC and the Second Amendment Foundation allege in their lawsuit that the statute regarding legal fees is unconstitutional and “seeks to suppress firearms-related litigation.”
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