Federal appeals court rules CA's ban on "high-capacity" magazines unconstitutional

by Jordyn Pair · Aug 14th, 2020 5:04 pm

Last Updated Oct 14th, 2020 at 3:16 pm

A federal appeals court on Friday overturned California's ban on firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, saying that the prohibition violates Second Amendment rights.

Appellate Judge Kenneth Lee said in the decision that the ban on such "high-capacity" magazines "strikes at the core of the Second Amendment — the right to armed self-defense" and that California's ban is "so sweeping" that it prohibits half of all magazines.

The standard magazine for the AR-15, the most popular rifle in America, holds 30 rounds.

"Even well-intentioned laws must pass constitutional muster," Lee wrote.

One judge on the three-judge panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dissented.


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