The State of California has had a law on the books for years banning the purchase, manufacture, or importation of new “high capacity” magazines within the borders of their state. Now some cities are taking it one step further.
Los Angeles has now banned possession of what are called “high-capacity” magazines. The City Council voted July 28, 12-0 to ban magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds.
There is no grandfather clause in the ordinance, which makes it a misdemeanor to possess magazines with more than a ten round capacity. Under the new rules, city residents will have 60 days to remove them from within city limits, surrender them to the police department for destruction, or legally sell or transfer their non-conforming magazines after the city ordinance goes into effect. With no compensation to the person that turn over their magazines to the police for destruction.
Similar rules in San Francisco and Sunnyvale, CA have both withstood Second Amendment challenges in court. Law Shield could see this coming in our coverage of the Sunnyvale court case here.
To recap: Sunnyvale, California Municipal Code § 9.44.050 likewise prohibited large-capacity magazines. Once the courts found for the Sunnyvale law, it was just a matter of time before other municipalities on the local level followed suit.
In the San Francisco case, the court said that large-capacity magazines might not be protected by the Second Amendment at all.
“The state of California acted to ban the sale of these magazines long ago,” said L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian in interviews about passage of the ban. “You cannot sell, you cannot manufacture, you cannot import these magazines. Incongruously, amazingly, the state did not do anything to act to prohibit possession of these magazines.”
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Do you see magazine bans spreading further at the municipal level? What about where you live?