Los Angeles repeals ban on ‘ultra-compact’ handguns
By Andrew Shepperson
The Los Angeles City Council is considering repealing the ban on “ultra-compact” guns. (Photo: L.A. Times)
The Los Angeles City Council has voted to repeal an ordinance that had banned the sale of “ultra-compact” handguns in the city for over 15 years.
The repeal was passed on a 12-0 vote Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported. The move comes after the National Rifle Association and the California Rifle and Pistol Association issued pre-litigation demands on the grounds that the ban was preempted by state law, according to a CRPA news release.
“My clients are pleased that the city recognized that local governments cannot regulate in ways that conflict with or duplicate state laws,” CRPA attorney Chuck Michel said after the vote. “We will continue to monitor local municipal codes throughout California and pursue the clean-up of these kinds of ineffective laws — which typically are never enforced once the initial press conferences are over.”
The ordinance prohibited the sale or transfer of handguns smaller than 6.75 inches in length and 4.5 inches in height, and also required dealers to keep records of “ultra-compact” gun sales to those not included in the ban, such as police officers and other buyers.
Californian gun owners were already prohibited from buying guns