Another day, another unconstitutional California law… knocked down by the judiciary?? For a state known for getting its laws upheld by the increasingly liberal judiciary, this is quite a setback, if temporary.
The Attorney General of California claims this will stop another mass shooting, as if limiting magazines to 10 or less bullets is somehow going to magically make mass murderers be incapable of reloading… not to mention they could murder at least 10 people first.
Last time I checked, 10 kills is still mass murder. I thought it was always about “if it saves one life,” or something? Thankfully the lawsuit realizes this for what it is… it is about curbing the rights of lawful Americans to exercise their Constitutional rights.
A federal judge has temporarily blocked a voter-approved California law that would have forced gun owners to get rid of high-capacity ammunition magazines by this Saturday.
U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez, who is based in San Diego, issued a preliminary injunction Thursday that found the law was likely unconstitutional because it prevented people from using firearms that employed “whatever common magazine size he or she judges best suits the situation.” The law would have barred people from possessing magazines containing more than 10 bullets.
“The State of California’s desire to criminalize simple possession of a firearm magazine able to hold more than 10 rounds is precisely the type of policy choice that the Constitution takes off the table,” the injunction read.
Benitez added that “a final decision will take too long to offer relief, and because the statute will soon visit irrevocable harm on Plaintiffs and all those similarly situated a state-wide preliminary injunction is necessary and justified to maintain the status quo.”
The judge granted the request of attorneys from the National Rifle Association-affiliated California Rifle & Pistol Association to temporarily block the law.
In the days leading up to the ban, some California gun owners, pro-gun sheriffs and sellers have been reluctant to give up their magazines. Some gun owners have previously said that they were hoping pending court challenges would block the ban.
“We’re not going to be knocking on anybody’s door looking for them,” said Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko in an earlier interview with The Bee. “We’re essentially making law-abiding citizens into criminals with this new law.”