San Francisco Approves Outright Ban, Including Involuntary Surrender, of Standard Capacity Magazines

October 31 2013
by GSL Staff
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Flag_of_CaliforniaHere we have yet another reason why I’ll try to avoid California, particularly it’s major cities, like the plague.

The city of San Francisco has adopted a measure that will outright ban the possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

In 2000, the state of California adopted a statewide ban on standard capacity magazines, but existing magazines were grandfathered in.

The San Francisco measure will also make those “pre-ban” magazines illegal as well.

According to SFGate,

Supervisor Malia Cohen’s legislation expands on an existing San Francisco law making it illegal to sell firearms with magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Such weapons were used in last year’s elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., as well as the 2011 Arizona shooting that severely injured then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, killed six and injured 18 more.

“While not a panacea, this legislation provides law enforcement with more tools to continue to address gun violence and also continues to strengthen our city’s strong stance on gun regulation,” said Cohen, adding that she hopes it serves as a model for neighboring cities.

Last week, the NRA-ILA announced they would sue the city if the measure passed.

From the NRA-ILA press release,

Your NRA has been closely monitoring the escalating situation in San Francisco, and submitted a letter opposing this most recent attempt to strip away the rights of San Francisco residents. Our letter specifically points out that by banning ammunition magazines holding ten or more rounds – magazines owned by millions for self-defense – this ordinance plainly conflicts with the Second Amendment.

As the U.S. Supreme Court recently made clear, firearms and accessories “typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes” or those “in common use” are protected by the Constitution and cannot be flatly banned. NRA’s California legal team Michel & Associates is prepared to immediately file a Second Amendment civil rights lawsuit seeking to prevent this new law from taking effect and to have it declared unconstitutional.

Residents of San Francisco will have 90 days to remove any now illegal magazines from the city, make them inoperable, or surrender them to police.

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