California is the epicenter of anti-gun and anti-hunting regulations. It seems like every few weeks here at the Hunting News we are writing about some piece of legislation they are trying to pass, but there is finally some good news out of the state when a panel of judges struck down their ridiculous ban on “High Capacity Magazines.”
According to the Associated Press, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out California’s ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, saying the law violates the U.S. Constitution’s protection of the right to bear firearms.
Judge Kenneth Lee wrote the Majority opinion saying“Even well-intentioned laws must pass constitutional muster.” He also added California’s ban on magazines holding more than 10 bullets “strikes at the core of the Second Amendment — the right to armed self-defense.”
He made the point that laws based on emotion are not good laws when he described the why the ban passed. “in the wake of heart-wrenching and highly publicized mass shootings,” but said that isn’t enough to justify a ban that “is so sweeping that half of all magazines in America are now unlawful to own in California.”
Anti-gun agencies are not happy with the decision and the California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is reviewing the case to see if they want to appeal.
California Rifle & Pistol Association attorney Chuck Michel called Friday’s decision “a huge victory” for gun owners “and the right to choose to own a firearm to defend your family,”
This is a big win for California but they are not out of the woods yet. Anti-gun groups and politicians are looking for ways around the ruling and have stated that they will do whatever it takes keep the law in place.