Updated May 28, 2018 12:03:11A hearing in federal court in Los Angeles this week could decide whether a federal law mandating universal background checks for gun purchases is constitutional.
Lawyers for a firearms manufacturer and retailer sued the U.S. District Court in Los Angles over a rule the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) uses to check gun purchases.
The case is the first in which a federal judge has considered whether the background check system is constitutional, according to a lawyer who represents the manufacturers.
The plaintiffs, gun manufacturers Sturm, Ruger & Martins and Smith &.
Gibbs, argue that the NICS, which they say was created to prevent gun violence, has been abused by the government and is a “direct infringement” of the Second Amendment, according the complaint filed by attorney Marcia C. Greenfield.
The law, passed in 1994, was meant to keep guns out of the hands of people who were dangerous or dangerous mentally.
The NRA, the gun industry’s lobbying group, argues the NIC is the only reliable way to prevent guns from being bought and sold.
The gun industry says the NISC does not check the provenance of a firearm and that the law is needed to keep people from getting weapons they shouldn’t have.
The judge in the case is expected to make a ruling on the plaintiffs’ claim in the coming weeks.
The National Rifle Association also has filed a separate lawsuit seeking to block the NIMBS rule.