Los Angeles city lawmakers place ban in effect for all magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
Los Angeles took a vote Tuesday, July 28, 2015 to completely ban all high capacity magazines that are capable of holding more than 10 rounds. The vote was reached unanimously through the council at 12-0.
Backers of the ban said it was a small but meaningful step to minimize the bloodshed, by forcing attackers to at least interrupt their rampages to stop and reload.
Owners of any of the higher capacity magazines will have 60 days to sell or get rid of them from city limits before they are confiscated by Los Angeles city police.
The only exemptions to the law are police officers, military personnel, and firearms made before 2000 that can only use those style magazines.
“The step we’re taking today is not a wild step,” said council member Paul Krekorian to a crowd of screaming people before the vote. “People who want to defend their homes don’t need a 1,000-round drum magazine to do so.”
Gun rights activist and the NRA abruptly disagree with this statement. They are threatening to sue the city if they follow through with their plan as they feel this impedes fun owners 2nd Amendment rights, and overrules existing state laws.
California has laws preventing the manufacturing of large-capacity magazines and offering them for sale. The state laws do not prohibit people from owning or using them though.
At the hearing Tuesday, gun rights groups tried to voice their concerns stating that ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds are common for self-defense and are specifically chosen for that purpose.
“I don’t think it’s going to have any effect on gun violence,” said Chad Cheung, the director for Calguns Shooting Sports. “Bad people are going to do bad things, and they’ll do it regardless of whatever laws are in place.”
Currently San Francisco and Sunnyvale have similar bans. They have remained in effect after countless attempts by the NRA and other gun groups to have them reversed with lawsuits.