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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Los Angeles Removes Ban On Small Handguns

A move by the Los Angeles City Council that partially restores the Second Amendment rights of residents there has some in the media leaning toward hyperbole.

The Council on Tuesday reversed a longtime ban on the sale of small handguns—a ban that the National Rifle Association had been fighting since it began more than 15 years ago. That’s a good thing, but you wouldn’t know it by reading the report at mynewsla.com.

“‘Pocket rockets’ OK in LA: NRA gets tiny-gun ban reversed,” the headline shrilly announced. The lead sentence was little better: “The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 Tuesday to undo a longtime ban on the sale of so-called “ultracompact” handguns, bowing to legal pressure from the National Rifle Association and the California Rifle & Pistol Association.”

In truth, such handguns are preferred by many law-abiding citizens who carry concealed handguns for self-defense. Also, the sale of such firearms is allowed under state law, which pre-empted the local statute.