By DON THOMPSON
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gun owners' rights groups are suing over a California firearms registration system they claim puts law-abiding gun owners at risk of criminal charges.
Wednesday's suit against Attorney General Xavier Becerra and his Department of Justice alleges that the system for registering so-called bullet-button assault weapons was unavailable for most of the week before the July 1 deadline.
The bullet buttons allow users to rapidly exchange ammunition magazines on an assault-style weapon by using a small tool or the tip of a bullet.
The suit says owners who were unable to register by the deadline now potentially face prosecution through no fault of their own.
Becerra's office didn't immediately respond to telephone and email messages.
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