Federal court upholds New Jersey gun-control law limiting high-capacity magazines

A judge said NRA affiliates challenging the law downplayed "the significant increase in the frequency and lethality" of mass shootings. Smith and Wesson Model SW40V, pistol and two clips, each with a capacity of 10 rounds, at a gun-range in El Cajon on March 17, 2016.Dunz / ullstein bild via Getty Images file PHILADELPHIA— A split U.S. appeals court has upheld a New Jersey law that limits the amount of ammunition a single gun magazine can hold. A law passed this year limits most gun owners there to magazines that hold 10 rounds of ammunition instead of the 15-round limit in place since 1990. U.S. Circuit Judge Patty Shwartz wrote that the law balances the state’s interest in public safety with the rights of individuals to defend their homes. The 2-1 ruling Wednesday denied a motion by a gun-rights group for a temporary injunction to stop the law from taking effect. New Jersey officials hope the ban on large capacity magazines could thwart mass shooters if they have to stop to reload. About seven other states, the District of Columbia and several cities have similar limits. Shwartz said the National Rifle Association affiliates challenging the law downplayed "the significant increase in the frequency and lethality" of mass shootings and active shooter situations. And she said the state effort doesn’t violate the Second Amendment because "it imposes no limit on the number of firearms or magazines or amount of ammunition a person may lawfully possess." Judge Stephanos Bibas, in dissent, […]

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