California Sheriffs Sue To Stop ‘High Capacity’ Magazine Ban

UNITED STATES, Salt Lake City : SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 15: Ammo and a high capacity 30 round clip sits on the table at the "Get Some Guns & Ammo" shooting range on January 15, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lawmakers are calling for tougher gun legislation …
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Thirty sheriffs across the state of California are joining with the California Rifle and Pistol Association in a suit claiming Los Angeles’s recently instituted “high capacity” magazine ban “violates state regulations.”

Gun owners in Los Angeles have until November 18 to surrender all “high capacity” magazines to police or otherwise dispose of them.

The “high capacity” magazine ban was pushed through by L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian in the summer, then signed into law by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) on August 7. The NRA-ILA reported that the law only contains three exemptions, those are:

1)  Any feeding device that has been permanently altered so that it cannot hold more than 10 rounds;

2)  Any .22 caliber tube ammunition feeding device; and

3)  Any tubular magazine that is contained in a lever-action firearm.

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko is involved in the suit and is worried about the legality of police driving through the city with “high capacity” magazines on their belts and in their guns. He suggests the law creates confusion because “other parts of the state allow high-capacity magazines,” thus sheriff’s will have to figure out whether to lessen the number of rounds they are willing to carry or avoid being in the city when possible.

Bosenko said, “The ordinance creates a patchwork of laws that law-abiding citizens and law enforcement have to navigate through.”

The California Reserve Peace Officers Association is also involved in the suit with the sheriffs and the California Rifle and Pistol Association. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer opposes the suit and claims the “high capacity” magazine ban is constitutional.

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