U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez on Thursday blocked a California law that would have prevented gun owners from possessing high-capacity ammunition magazines. He made his ruling on the grounds that the law violates Second Amendment rights and equates to government seizure of property without just compensation, The Associated Press reported.
Proposition 63, a measure proposed by California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and approved by an overwhelming majority (63 percent) of California voters in November, would have barred the possession of “large capacity” magazines that hold more than 10 bullets.
A California law enacted in 2000 already made it illegal to buy or sell such magazines, but it did not prevent Californians from owning the magazines.
According to the AP, had the law taken effect, California residents would have been forced to send their high-capacity magazines out of state, alter them so they hold only 10 rounds, destroy them, or turn them in to local law enforcement. Anyone caught possessing a magazine that held more than 10 rounds would have been subject to a $100 fine or up to a year in jail.
“Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of otherwise law-abiding citizens will have an untenable choice: Become an outlaw …Read the Rest
Source:: The Blaze