State Ban On High-Capacity Magazines Stays In Place For Now

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that his office has obtained a stay of a federal court judge's ruling which struck down the state's law banning ammunition magazines of ten rounds or more. Becerra requested that the judge stay his ruling until an appeal can be heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The nearly 20-year-old ban on buying new large-capacity ammunition magazines will remain in effect pending completion of appeal process.

"California leads the nation when it comes to common-sense gun laws. We should all be ensuring the safety of our communities, not fighting against long-standing laws that improve public safety," said Becerra. "We are pleased that the judge stayed the effect of his decision pending our appeal. We look forward to defending this important public safety law before the Ninth Circuit and are confident that it is constitutional."

Almost immediately after the judge's decision to strike down the state law the National Rifle Association cautioned California gun owners that the appeal process can impact policy at a moment's notice, and they urged gun owners to stay informed so they do not accidentally break the law.

It has been illegal to manufacture, import, possess or offer for sale, gift, loan, accept or buy large-capacity magazines in California since 2000. Large capacity magazines are defined in the state law as those capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

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