Attorney General Bonta Continues Defense of California’s Commonsense Gun Laws

SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Rob Bonta filed a final, supplemental brief today in Duncan v. Bonta , a case challenging California’s ban on the acquisition and possession of large-capacity magazines (LCMs). In February, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted the Attorney General’s request to review the case en banc after a divided three-judge panel upheld a federal district court’s ruling against California’s LCM restrictions. In today’s brief, the Attorney General argues that the district court’s judgment should be reversed. “Gun violence is an American epidemic. Recent events here in California and across the country only underscore that the scourge of mass shootings remain a continuing threat to the public’s safety,” said Attorney General Bonta . “We will continue to make the defense of California’s gun laws a priority, including our restrictions on large capacity magazines, because the data is clear: when LCMs are used in mass shootings, more people are injured and more lives are lost. This epidemic is a problem we have to face head on. We can’t afford not to.” LCMs are firearm magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. They have been used in numerous horrific mass shootings throughout the country, and pose a substantial threat to the public and law enforcement because they allow shooters to fire scores of rounds from the same firearm in a short period of time without the need to reload. In California, it has been illegal to manufacture, import, keep or offer […]

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