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Federal judge removes California’s ban on high capacity magazines

A San Diego federal Judge has struck down a Californian Law which had previously banned people from buying and selling High Capacity Gun Magazines in California by taking into consideration US’s 2nd Amendment and the practical application in home defence situations.

U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez responsible for the removal of this law states that by limiting the magazine’s bullet capacity you can hinder the person in a home defence and self-defence situation as the person would run out of bullets much faster if the defender doesn’t have a high capacity magazine.

Benitez  also states that the Californian Law also violates the 2nd amendment, the right of a person “keep and bear arms.” and said, “Individual liberty and freedom are not outmoded concepts.”

President of the California Rifle & Pistol Association commended this recent provision by Benitez  and said, “This comprehensive and detailed ruling recognizes that these magazines have great value as self-defence tools, and confirms that the government bears a very high burden to justify a law that infringes on the right to keep and bear arms.”

The Californian law in question that banned purchase and sale of high-capacity magazines was passed in 2000 to “protect” the people from unethical and illicit use firearms. The law completely banned the purchase and sale of any and all gun box magazines that stored more than 10 bullets but the law allowed those users who had already purchased or had them before the law was passed.

In an official statement California’s Attorney General, Xavier Becerra said, we are “committed to defending California’s common sense gun laws” and added that this new provision which bans the previous law is being removed.

Becerra said that the main goal of the magazine ban was to deter mass shooting and cited San Bernardino incident in which 14 died and 22 were injured.