On November 19 Los Angeles will begin enforcing the newly instituted ban on “high capacity” magazines, which are magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
The implementation of the ban comes after a Superior Court Judge refused the California Rifle & Pistol Association’s request to halt the ban on Thursday.
The Los Angeles Times reports that a larger suit against the ban is still on track to be heard next year. It, too, is being brought by the California Rifle & Pistol Association, along with sheriffs who work in and around L.A.
According to the The Hill, a total of 30 sheriffs are suing over the new law, which they claim will wreak havoc on deputies who have to drive in and out of city limits, thereby driving into places where a 15-round magazine is legal and out of places where it is not.
Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said, “The ordinance creates a patchwork of laws that law-abiding citizens and law enforcement have to navigate through.”
But the Times reports that proponents of the ordinance do not share the sheriffs’ concern. Instead, L.A. Councilman Paul Krekorian and the other bill sponsors believe limiting magazine capacity to the same size Elliot Rodger used in his Santa Barbara attack will save lives.
For example, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer says the ban represents “a victory for common sense gun violence prevention laws.” He is among those who believe it will prevent “tragedy” and “curb the bloodshed of mass shootings.”
Councilman Krekorian wants L.A. residents to be thorough and make sure they do not retain any “high capacity” magazines beyond November 18. He is “urging [them] to turn in any ammunition magazines that violate the new law to police stations before the rules go into effect.”
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