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US judge strikes down California ban on handgun ads

Posted: 3:53 PM, Sep 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-11 22:53:53Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge has struck down a nearly century-old California law that banned gun shops from advertising handguns on their premises.

Judge Troy Nunley in Sacramento ruled Tuesday that the law violated the First Amendment. Nunley said the state failed to show that enforcing the law would prevent violence or suicides.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed in 2014 by several gun dealers who were fined by the state for handgun ads. The 1923 law banned any handgun ads at gun shops that were visible from outside the store.

Nunley noted that gun shops could put up a 15-foot display of a sporting rifle or place ads for handguns elsewhere such as on a billboard blocks away.

An email seeking comment from the state attorney general's office was not immediately returned.