Gun-Rights Group Sues L.A. Over New Gun Laws

posted on October 26, 2015

The California Rifle and Pistol Association, along with 30 elected California sheriffs, have filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles seeking to invalidate the ban on ammunition magazines with more than 10 rounds. Under the ordinance, the mere possession of any “large capacity” magazine within Los Angeles after November 19, 2015, would be deemed a misdemeanor offense. This law doesn’t apply just to Los Angeles city residents, but also to gun owners traveling through any part of the city.  

The lawsuit challenges the ordinance on legal pre-emption grounds, because California state law specifically allows for the possession of such magazines. “There are literally tens of thousands of these magazines in existence throughout California that can be legally owned —and current state law allows them to be possessed,” said Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko, who is a plaintiff in the case. “This ban ... erodes the rights of law-abiding citizens.”

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