Gun magazine sales ban remains for now as state appeals judge’s ruling

Gun magazine sales ban remains for now as state appeals judge’s ruling

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FILE – In this March 5, 2019 file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. A state court of appeals ruling released Friday, March 29, 2019 says that law enforcement agencies in California — including the attorney general’s office — must release police misconduct records even if the behavior occurred before a new transparency law took effect. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File) The federal judge who struck down California’s ban on high-capacity gun magazines is allowing the state to prohibit buying or selling the devices while the state appeals his ruling. The judge’s latest order ended a multiday run on the magazines around the state, said a lawyer for gun owners who challenged the law, and allowed those who own the magazines to keep them. “Over the past week, hundreds of thousands of gun owners purchased these self-defense tools that had been unavailable for almost 20 years,” said C.D. Michel, a lawyer for the National Rifle Association and for the plaintiffs in the case. “Gavin Newsom is the magazine salesman of the decade.” Newsom, as lieutenant governor, sponsored the ballot measure that banned possession of the weapons. Related Stories In his order Thursday, U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego said that Attorney General Xavier Becerra “has not made a strong showing” that any ban on magazines holding more than 10 bullets is constitutional. But he added that “strong and thoughtful views may be found on both sides” and that his opinion […]

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