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California Court Declares High-Capacity Magazine Ban Unconstitutional

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Sacramento, California overturned the state’s ban on magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, declaring Friday that it is at odds with the Second Amendment.

Appellate Judge Kenneth Lee, one of two judges to declare the gun law unconstitutional, said the ban “strikes at the core of the Second Amendment — the right to armed self-defense,” according to the Associated Press. Lee also insisted that the laws were passed after mass shootings, and responses to those tragic instances aren’t sufficient justifications to bar citizens from owning “half of all magazines in America,” AP reported.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said he’s reviewing the decision and is committed to ensuring the defense of his state’s “gun safety laws.”

“Until further proceedings in the courts, the stay on the injunction issued by the district court remains in place,” Beccera’s office told the news wire in a statement. “The Attorney General remains committed to using every tool possible to defend California’s gun safety laws and keep our communities safe.”

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