Federal Judge Blocks California Law Banning High-Capacity Magazines

Matt Vespa
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Posted: Jun 30, 2017 7:00 AM
Federal Judge Blocks California Law Banning High-Capacity Magazines

Supporters of the Second Amendment scored a legal victory last night. A California judge blocked the implementation of the state’s ban on high-capacity magazines. The preliminary injunction was handed down over concerns that the law is tantamount to the confiscation of private property without compensation, according to ABC News. Moreover, there are millions of these so-called high-capacity magazines in circulation. It’s a silly law to begin with, but we shall see what comes of this. You never know what happens in the Democratic People’s Republic Of California. California Attorney General Xavier Beccera was obviously not a fan of the judge's ruling, but the news organization added that he hasn't signaled what he's going to do next (via ABC News):

A federal judge on Thursday blocked a California law set to take effect Saturday that would have barred gun owners from possessing high-capacity ammunition magazines.

The judge ruled that the ban approved by the Legislature and voters last year takes away gun owners' Second Amendment rights and amounts to the government taking people's private property without compensation.

California law has prohibited buying or selling the magazines since 2000, but until now allowed those who had them to keep them.

"Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of otherwise law-abiding citizens will have an untenable choice: become an outlaw or dispossess one's self of lawfully acquired property," San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez wrote.

He issued a preliminary injunction blocking the law from taking effect while he considers the underlying lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association-affiliated California Rifle & Pistol Association.