Californians Flood Gun Stores When Magazine Ban Is Lifted For One Week

Californians Flood Gun Stores When Magazine Ban Is Lifted For One Week

Gun Rights

“Do you have standard-capacity magazines in stock?” The salesman at the San Diego GlockStore just laughed. Late last month, federal judge Roger T. Benitez struck down a California law in place since 2000 that banned the sale of gun magazines holding more than 10 rounds. The next day, San Diego firearms owners were jamming the phone lines of every gun store in town, desperate to lay hands on the larger, freshly legal pistol magazines before the People’s Republic of California pulled new shenanigans and made them illegal again. When Gunfighter Tactical on Miramar opened at 10 a.m. on Saturday, the line at their front door stretched around the building. They were sold out within the hour. In his decision, Benitez excoriated California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the state for “turning the Constitution upside down” with the magazine restrictions. Benitez said, “Individual liberty and freedom are not outmoded concepts.” The question will likely go to the U.S. Supreme Court, one of several California gun control laws headed there. Hence the hurry: Within a week, Becerra won a fresh injunction banning standard-capacity magazines again while the ruling appeals. Ownership of the not-tiny magazines amounts to a symbolic gesture a much as a practical improvement. None of the patrons standing in line evinced a professional need for a 15-round (or more) pistol magazine. These were not police officers or career criminals expecting a shootout against a well-armed adversary at any moment. They are mostly law-abiding, duly registered private owners with a […]

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