Judge strikes down California gun control law Gov. Gavin Newsom championed

Judge strikes down California gun control law Gov. Gavin Newsom championed

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A judge in Southern California struck down a California gun control law Friday that Gov. Gavin Newsom championed three years ago, ruling that the ban on high-capacity magazines is unconstitutional. In response to “a few mad men with guns and ammunition,” California’s law “turns millions of responsible, law-abiding people trying to protect themselves into criminals,” U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez wrote in his decision on Duncan v. Becerra. “Individual liberty and freedom are not outmoded concepts,” Benitez wrote. Voters passed the ban in 2016 via Proposition 63, a gun control measure backed by now-Gov. Newsom. It outlawed possession of magazines holding more than 10 rounds. The law has not yet been enforced because of legal challenges. FLASH SALE! Unlimited digital access for $3.99 per month Don’t miss this great deal. Offer ends on March 31st! SAVE NOW #ReadLocal That initiative also included background checks for ammunition purchases, reporting requirements for lost firearms and new legal procedures for confiscating guns from those prohibited from owning them. In his decision, Bentitez detailed several accounts of people defending themselves against home invasions who ran out of ammunition while shooting at intruders. He implied they could have benefited from high-capacity magazines. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office released a measured statement after Benitez released the ruling. “We are committed to defending California’s common sense gun laws – we are reviewing the decision and will evaluate next steps,” Becerra’s office said. The National Rifle Association cheered the ruling, saying Benitez “handed Second Amendment supporters […]

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