California Gun Laws Reviled by NRA Face Pivotal Test at Hearing

California Gun Laws Reviled by NRA Face Pivotal Test at Hearing

A salesperson holds a high capacity magazine for an AR-15 rifle. California faces a pivotal test in its defense of gun-control laws that were struck down by a judge in San Diego, as the state squares off in court against firearms advocates. The state on Tuesday will go before a panel of 11 appellate judges in San Francisco in an attempt to reinstate a ban on large-capacity magazines that U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez ruled was unconstitutional in 2019. In a separate case that won’t be argued today, Benitez ruled this month that the state’s long-standing ban on many types of semiautomatic assault weapons was also illegal. “The laws saved untold numbers of lives and have been a model for the rest of the nation,” California Attorney General Rob Bonta said in an interview. “We’re going to keep marching forward and we won’t be deterred in our appeal of these cases, which have made Californians less safe.” The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to have the final say. With a 6-3 conservative majority, the high court has signaled a fresh interest in Second Amendment cases, even as the nation grapples with a seemingly endless string of deadly mass shooting. That could place California at the center of America’s ongoing cultural clash over gun control, though similar fights are brewing in other states. Tuesday’s hearing relates only to the ban on magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition; in the other case, the appeals court late Monday temporarily […]

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