San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is suing five gun accessory suppliers, claiming they are selling “high capacity” magazines by describing them as “repair kits.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, the lawsuit “alleges that online retailers Badger Mountain Supply of Washington, 7.62 Precision of Alaska, Shooters Plus of Mississippi, LAK Supply of Wyoming and BuyMilsurp.com of Florida are engaged in unfair or fraudulent business practices.”
The suit says:
These kits are not individual magazine parts to replace, say, a worn out spring or a cracked baseplate in a lawfully processed magazine. Rather, they are complete parts of disassembled large-capacity magazines packaged under the guise of a kit. Purchasers can readily assemble the parts into brand-new, fully functional large-capacity magazines.
The state of California “has banned the sale of the large-capacity magazines since 2000. In 2013, the state Legislature clarified the law to note that high-capacity magazines also could not be sold in disassembled pieces.” That ban was tightened on July 1, 2016, when Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation banning the simple possession of such magazines. The ban on possession takes effect July 1, 2017.
Herrera released a statement when the lawsuit was announced, saying, “It takes a particular type of miscreant to compromise the safety of Californians simply for profit. The only purpose of these magazines is to kill as many people as quickly as possible. They have no place in our neighborhoods. That’s why the people of California have spoken loud and clear on this.”
On May 23, 2014, Elliot Rodger gunned down innocents during his attack in Santa Barbara. The day after the attack Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown announced that Rodger had only used 10-round magazines to carry out his attack. In other words, “high capacity” magazines were in no way integral to the attack.
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