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California judge rules a ban on high-capacity gun magazines is unconstitutional

The judge specifically cited three different cases of home invasions with female victims.

April 01, 2019 - 2:35 pm
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A federal judge has blocked California's attempt to ban high-capacity gun magazines.

"Individual liberty and freedom are not outmoded concepts," San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez wrote.

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The ban was passed back in 2016 on magazines holding more than 10 bullets. But a Judge Benitez found the ban unconstitutional, describing such magazines as "commonly held by law-abiding citizens for defense of self, home, and state."

The judge specifically cited three different cases of home invasions with female victims. In two of the cases, the victims ran out of bullets and one in which a woman fended off three attackers using a high-capacity magazine while calling for help.

In the last case, the woman used her high-capacity magazine to fight off three armed intruders, while she was on the phone calling police for help, the judge explained.

Last week, a ban on 'bump stock' devices that allow semiautomatic weapons to fire rapidly went into effect nationwide.

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