EBay hasn’t always banned the sale of parts or accessories for assault weapons. The popular online auction and shopping website has gone back and forth on its gun policy for years.
Tracy Rifle and Pistol owner Michael Baryla is suing the state of California over a 1923 law that prohibits gun stores from advertising handguns in any way that can be seen from outside the store.
Dozens of gun battles are being fought in California courts right now. Many involve the Southern California law firm led by Chuck Michel, whom some opponents have called the “NRA’s star litigator.”
Reveal recently identified some of the hundreds of assault weapon parts available on eBay despite its policy prohibiting their sale. A review of the company website found that the parts have been removed, sold or reposted.
Law enforcement officials have identified more than 17,000 Californians who are breaking the law by owning guns despite having criminal convictions, mental health issues and restraining orders.
Anyone who registered an assault weapon with the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Firearms before Jan. 23, 2001, effectively was grandfath
For the do-it-yourself crowd, building an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle is as easy as browsing ads on eBay, the online marketplace for everything from vintage dining room sets to video games and, it turns out, assault weapon parts.
More than 500,000 handguns were purchased in 2014 by California buyers who passed a background check. That’s more than twice the number of handguns sold five years ago.
The police department has destroyed more than 2,000 guns since 2010. Some were surrendered or purchased in buyback programs, while many were recovered during criminal investigations.
Attorney Richard Ruggieri won a case against Bryco Arms after his client, a 7-year-old boy, was shot and paralyzed by one of the company’s Model 38 handguns. Now, more than a decade later, Ruggieri is planning to melt down the guns that aided him in the lawsuit against the gunmaker.