SAN FRANCISCO (CN) — The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday ruled that California law requiring people already in the state’s Automated Firearms System database wait 10 days to take possession after legally buying another gun is constitutional after all, reversing a trial judge.
Ninth Circuit Judge Mary Schroeder wrote for the panel: “(W)e agree with the State that the 10-day waiting period is a reasonable safety precaution for all purchasers of firearms and need not be suspended once a purchaser has been approved.”
The lawsuit was narrowly tailored, to people already entered into the Automated Firearms System database, which the California Department of Justice uses as part of its background check, to those in the database who have a certificate of eligibility and people who hold concealed-carry permits. It did not challenge the entire 10-day waiting period, or the rule as it applies to first-time gun buyers.
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