Looming California ban on grandfathered magazines put on ice by court
By Chris Eger
A ban on pre-ban detachable magazines capable of holding 10 or more rounds set to become active on Saturday has been put on hold by a federal court (Photo: DOD)
A federal judge approved a motion Thursday from gun rights advocates to halt enforcement of a ban on 10+ round magazine possession set to go into effect July 1.
U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez handed down a 66-page order this week siding with a group of California residents in conjunction with the National Rifle Association who argue the state’s prohibition against “high-capacity magazines” violates their Second Amendment rights.
The legal maneuver delays a measure prohibiting possession of “pre-ban” magazines scheduled to take effect Saturday, with violators looking at up to a year in a county jail and a fine of $100 per instance. Last year, state lawmakers closed the loophole in a 2000 law that banned high-cap magazines except for those already in circulation.
Benitez, a former California Superior Court judge and 2004 appointment to the federal bench by President George W. Bush, found a host of flaws with the pending magazine ban.
“While there are other exceptions for licensed firearm dealers, manufacturers, and gunsmiths, there are no exceptions made for members of the