Lawsuit alleges CA DOJ computer crashes made it impossible to meet June 30th registration deadline

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Lawsuit alleges CA DOJ computer crashes made it impossible to meet June 30th registration deadline

#1 Post by highdesert » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:17 pm

Gun owner groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday against state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, alleging that state computer crashes prevented California owners of assault weapons from registering them by a June 30 deadline, after which they were required to dispose of the firearms.

During the week before the registration deadline, the state Department of Justice’s registration system “was largely inaccessible, and inoperable on a wide variety of ordinary web browsers across the state,” the lawsuit states.

The legal action was filed in Shasta County Superior Court on behalf of three gun owners and the Calguns Foundation, the Second Amendment Foundation, the Firearms Policy Foundation and the Firearms Policy Coalition.

“If Becerra spent as much time doing his job as he does talking about his pet crusades against the federal government, hundreds of thousands of Californians would not be in legal jeopardy right now,” said Brandon Combs, president of the coalition.

The lawsuit seeks a court order allowing registration after the deadline as well as recovery of costs of the lawsuit.

Starting last year, the governor and state Legislature banned the sale of semiautomatic rifles equipped with so-called “bullet buttons” that allow the quick replacement of ammunition magazines. Those guns, newly classified as assault weapons, could be kept if purchased before last year, but were required to be registered with the state DOJ by June 30.

Lawmakers regulated rifles with bullet buttons in response to mass shootings including the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino that left 14 dead.

Under the new law, people in possession of unregistered assault weapons face criminal prosecution with penalties of up to one year in jail and confiscation of the firearm.

Representatives for Becerra’s office did not respond immediately to a request for comment on the lawsuit and declined to say how many people filed applications to register their firearms.

Gun owners who tried and failed to register their weapons on the DOJ website “did everything they could to comply with the law and avoid criminal liability,” said George M. Lee, an attorney for the plaintiffs.

“The DOJ’s crashed system is a reflection of their cascading failures to build a system and allow people to register their guns before July 1 if that’s what they wanted to do,” Lee said.
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#2 Post by AndyH » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:06 pm

Ah yes - 'the dog ate my homework'. Lovely.
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#3 Post by Eris » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:16 pm

How very convenient for the gun haters that the computers were down. Nothing suspicious here at all.

OK, there's really nothing suspicious. Government agencies are notorious for running antiquated computers with badly written software. They should still extend the deadline, though.
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#4 Post by AceGirlsHusband » Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:34 pm

I found that whole CRIS system difficult. Well, not the system: the tech who handled our applications. Ace Girl and I started our registrations in March. We did the joint registration route. Each of our applications was rejected 4 times for various details they didn't like. It took until the middle of June to get the two AW letters. It was a PITA. And to top it all off, DOJ/AFS forced us to register with the wrong serial number for the M&P 15. They registered with only the numerals and left the two alpha's off that precede those numerals.

I wonder if any one else had a heck of a time with this process? :cry:

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#5 Post by workinstiff » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:46 pm

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