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Saturday, July 1, 2017

California—Federal Judge Blocks “High-Capacity” Mag Ban

A federal judge on Thursday blocked California’s ban on so-called “high-capacity” magazines, which was set to take effect on July 1.

U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez blocked the law from taking effect in order to prevent what he called “otherwise law-abiding” citizens from being criminalized—exactly what we’ve said would happen since the law was first proposed.

As reported by breitbart.com, Benitez ruled, “If this injunction does not issue, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of otherwise law-abiding citizens will have an untenable choice: become an outlaw or dispossess one’s self of lawfully acquired property.” Benitez also wrote in the decision that gun owners' constitutional rights "are not eliminated simply because they possess 'unpopular' magazines holding more than 10 rounds."

The law would have criminalized ownership of any firearm magazine that would hold more than 10 rounds—which would have outlawed standard capacity magazines for many popular firearms.