More than two years after California voters made it illegal to possess high-capacity gun magazines commonly used in mass shootings, the National Rifle Association has successfully tied the measure up in court. Now the gun lobby has set its sights on a nearly 2-decade-old law that banned the sale of those devices in the state.
That law, which took effect in 2000, has made it illegal to buy or sell magazines that can hold more than 10 cartridges. Proposition 63, sponsored by then-Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and approved by the voters in 2016, would require anyone who owns the magazines to turn them in, send them out of state or remake them to comply with the law.
If the NRA succeeds in killing one or both measures, they would be the organization’s first victories in a lengthy California campaign against some of the nation’s strictest gun-control laws. The final decision will likely rest with the U.S. Supreme Court and could signal whether President Trump’s new appointees have revived the court’s fervor on firearms issues after nearly a decade of silence.
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