Santa Fe City Council Votes Against Magazine Restriction After Heated, Late Night Debate
According to santafenewmexican.com, the Santa Fe City Council voted 6-2 against a new local ordinance which would have made illegal gun magazines which could hold more than 10 rounds.
The vote came after several hours of testimony from residents and the police chief. Around 2/3 of the speakers, including the chief, were opposed to the ban as they felt it was a violation of Second Amendment rights and unenforceable.
According to the article, even some backers of the bill had a change of heart after hearing the crowd’s testimony.
The measure began to appear doomed when Trujillo [an original backer of the ordinance] withdrew his support shortly after 10 p.m. He said his change of heart came from listening to police Chief Ray Rael, who said the law would be difficult to enforce, and neighbors who told him they already had bought five or six weapons with large-capacity magazines on the Internet, and if the city measure passed, they would buy more.
“We’ve just created more problems,” he said. “People who are not stable will always find ways to get these clips.”
Although, the entire debate was pointless really, as New Mexico has state preemption on gun laws, which prevents local municipalities from regulated the right to keep and bear arms.