CRPA Challenges DOJ Recording of Firearms Transactions

December 20, 2023

CRPA has filed the case of Richards v. Newsom to challenge the requirements under SB 1384 that force all activity at the place of business where an FFL transacts business (e.g. gun stores, home FFLs, gun shows) to be video and audio recorded 24 hours per day. Read the complaint here.

This law is a horrendous attack on not just the Second amendment, but on other rights like the First Amendment (speech, association, compelled speech), Fourth Amendment (Right to Privacy), Fifth Amendment (Government Taking of Property with Compensation) and Equal Protection.

SB 1384 would be costly to FFL’s, mandating costs that could put many of them out of business.  And it produces the chilling effect of recording people who have not given consent to be recorded.  In so doing, it would force lawful gun owners to trade in their 1st, 4th, and 5th Amendment rights just to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.

CRPA is joining with our friends at

Gun Owners of CaliforniaGun Owners of AmericaGun Owners Foundation, and Second Amendment Foundation in this action as each of these groups works with and for the rights of FFL’s and the protection of gun owners.

“This is a vile attack on the rights of not just those who may wish to purchase a firearm from an FFL in a legal transaction, but also against those people who may be in the vicinity for other purposes or just to visit a family member or friend in the home of the FFL,” exclaimed CRPA President and General Counsel Chuck Michel. “This constant observing eye of the government represents Orwellian tactics come to life in California and CRPA is proud to stand against this.”

Because SB 1384 is set to go into effect on January 1, 2024, CRPA will also seek a Temporary Restraining Order in an attempt to stop its implementation.