Cal­i­for­nia Law Cap­ping Mag­a­zine Capac­i­ty Struck Down By Fed­er­al Judge

A Cal­i­for­nia law ban­ning pos­ses­sion and sale of gun mag­a­zines hold­ing more than 10 rounds was blocked by a fed­er­al judge who said the law was uncon­sti­tu­tion­al in a deci­sion released on Fri­day.
U.S. Dis­trict Court for the South­ern Dis­trict of Cal­i­for­nia Roger Ben­itez wrote in a 71-page rul­ing that law-abid­ing cit­i­zens had con­sti­tu­tion­al rights to own mag­a­zines of greater than 10 rounds, and that there was no his­toric legal prece­dent giv­ing Cal­i­for­nia the right to pass such a law.
“Remov­able firearm mag­a­zines of all sizes are nec­es­sary com­po­nents of semi­au­to­mat­ic firearms. There­fore, mag­a­zines come with­in the text of the con­sti­tu­tion­al dec­la­ra­tion that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” Ben­itez wrote. “Because mil­lions of remov­able firearm mag­a­zines able to hold between 10 and 30 rounds are com­mon­ly owned by law-abid­ing cit­i­zens for law­ful pur­pos­es, includ­ing self-defense, and because they are rea­so …