U.S. appeals court upholds California’s ban on large-capacity firearms magazines

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A federal appeals court on Tuesday decided to uphold California’s ban on mass ammunition magazines in a decision likely to allow the court to approve the state’s ban on assault weapons.

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In an en bank decision, the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 8-3 that a state law that limits the size of magazines that can be used with firearms does not significantly interfere with the right to self-defense. Is. The court observed that there is no evidence that any person has been unable to defend his home due to lack of large capacity magazines.

During the past 50 years, the court said, large-capacity magazines have been used in nearly three-quarters of mass shootings resulting in 10 or more deaths, and 100% in genocide with 20 or more deaths.

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Clinton-appointed Judge Susan P. Graber wrote for the court, “The ban on the legal possession of large-capacity magazines reasonably supports California’s effort to reduce the devastating damage caused by mass shootings.”

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Two other gun control cases are pending a decision in the magazine case. Tuesday’s ruling indicated that California’s assault weapons ban, which was overruled by a lower court, could also be governed by constitutionality.

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U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez overturned both the magazine ban and the bar on assault weapons. In terms of assault weapons, Benitez compared the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle to a Swiss army knife and called it “good for both home and fighting”.

Benitez, known as President George W. Bush, said the assault weapons ban unconstitutionally violated the rights of California gun owners and “has no effect” on reducing mass shootings.

California’s ban on large-capacity magazines affects those that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

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