California towns struggle to enforce gun magazine ban

By Jeffrey Rindskopf,

Two California cities are struggling to enforce a ban on high-capacity magazines that went into effect Thursday, mandating all residents dispose of their magazines.

The Fresno Bee reports that not a single one of the now-illegal magazines has been turned in either in San Francisco or Sunnyvale.

According to The SF Gate, the National Rifle Association is asking Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to block the laws' enforcement on constitutional grounds.

So far, justices have not blocked such laws in municipalities across the nation, including a federal judge who ruled the Sunnyvale ban didn't violate the Second Amendment. In San Francisco, a 9th U.S. Circuit District Court denied the NRA's request to stop the law's enforcement in an emergency order.

The laws, banning all magazines that hold more than 10 bullets, were enacted by the Northern California cities of San Francisco and Sunnyvale in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. in 2012. They were approved by voters in November.

High-capacity magazine owners in Sunnyvale are mandated to the let the police destroy them, move them out of town, or sell them out of state. Many Sunnyvale residents still hope to overturn the law.



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