Olympic shooter joins NRA to sue California: ‘It’s wrong to treat law-abiding gun owners like criminals’

Six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode has joined with the NRA in a lawsuit against the state of California over restrictions on the sale and transfer of ammunition.

Appearing on Fox News, the world record holder explained that she shoots 500 to 1000 rounds a day, seven days a week as part of her training and the ammunition she is required to use is very specialized and cannot be bought at just any gun range.

Rhode said the “very, very restrictive” law not only restricts her ability to represent the United States while competing with the very best in the world, it limits average shooters who take up the sport.

Proposition 63, passed by California voters in 2016, bans large capacity magazines and requires ammunition purchases to be made face-to-face, meaning it cannot be bought online or across state lines, according to Fox News.

In effect, the “bullet control” law serves as an end run on restricting the rights of gun owners.

The California Rifle and Pistol Association, with the support of the NRA, calls the new law unprecedented and an overreach, saying California gun owners are tired of being treated like criminals, Fox News’ Trace Gallagher reported.


National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action executive director Chris W. Cox echoed that sentiment.

“As a result of these laws, millions of constitutionally protected ammunition transfers will be banned in California,” Cox said in a statement. “It is wrong to treat California’s law-abiding gun owners like criminals.”

Rhode’s legal action, Rhode v. Becerra, is “the fourth lawsuit filed by CRPA attorneys with the NRA challenging the provisions of Proposition 63 and other ‘Gunmageddon’ bills,” the NRA-ILA noted.

Tom Tillison


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