NRA hits back in court over California magazine ban
By Chris Eger
A group of California residents in conjunction with the state’s National Rifle Association affiliate has filed suit in federal court saying the state’s prohibition against “high-capacity magazines” violates their Second Amendment rights.
Five residents, Virginia Duncan, Richard Lewis, Patrick Lovette, David Marguglio, and Christopher Waddell, want magazines capable of holding more than 10 cartridges to keep in their home for self-defense and other lawful purposes, but can’t due to California’s arbitrary ban. Joining with the California Rifle & Pistol Association, the five filed suit in federal court Wednesday naming California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, in his official capacity, as the defendant.
The 22-page filing argues that millions of law-abiding citizens possess firearms equipped with magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition and there is nothing unusual about that fact, holding that in many cases some of the most popular guns sold come standard with magazines with a capacity well past that amount and that they are in common use.
“The reason for the popularity of these magazines is straightforward: In a confrontation with a violent attacker, having enough ammunition can be the difference between life and death,” reads the complaint.
In 2000, California passed a ban on such magazines but still