On Tuesday, July 28, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 to ban the possession of firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Those who own them are to remove them from the city or give them up to police so the magazine can be destroyed.
City Councilman Paul Krekorian proposed the law two years ago, modeling similar bans in San Francisco and Sunnyvale. Currently, the council is working up an amendment to allow some exemptions for retired police officers with concealed carry permits.
California restricts the sale of standard capacity magazines (more than 10 rounds), which the state calls “large capacity.” In California and in Los Angeles it is illegal to buy, sell, manufacture, lend, give or import any magazine over 10 rounds. However, for magazines possessed before January 1, 2000, California residents may keep them.
But for those living in Los Angeles…not anymore.
Residents have 60 days to turn in their magazines or remove them from the city. Krekorian has said the new law will be enforced by the Los Angeles Police Department.
The NRA sued both the city of San Francisco and Sunnyvale for their bans on the possession of “high-capacity” magazines, but failed. The courts ruled that the bans do not infringe on people’s Second Amendment rights.
Tom Perumean, for KABC News paraphrased the LA Councilman, “He cited examples of gun violence incidents in Los Angeles where shooters using guns with large magazine clips did enormous human damage.”
Owning a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds will now be a misdemeanor in Los Angeles.
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