Federal Judge Strikes Down California Law Limiting Gun Magazine Capacity

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In a recent ruling, a federal judge in California, Roger Benitez, struck down a state law that banned the possession and sale of gun magazines holding more than 10 rounds. The judge’s decision, outlined in a 71-page ruling, declared the law unconstitutional. Benitez argued that law-abiding citizens have the constitutional right to own magazines with more than 10 rounds, emphasizing the importance of removable firearm magazines for semiautomatic firearms. He further noted that these magazines are within the protection of the Second Amendment as they are commonly owned for lawful purposes, including self-defense. The judge criticized California’s ban, suggesting it unfairly targeted law-abiding citizens and disregarded the historical tradition of the Second Amendment. This decision has garnered both support and criticism, with California Gov. Gavin Newsom expressing his opposition to the ruling.