The Los Angeles City Council on July 28 voted unanimously to ban the possession of large-capacity ammunition gun magazines. Los Angeles is now the second major city in the state to do so, just behind San Francisco.
Residents in Los Angeles will no longer be allowed to possess a handgun or rifle that fits more than 10 rounds of ammunition, The Guardian reported.
The law gives residents 60 days to sell, transfer or remove the magazines to comply with the city law. If residents choose not to do so, the Los Angeles Police Department can take them.
“The step we’re taking today is not a wild step,” Paul Krekorian, a city council member, said of the decision. “People who want to defend homes don’t need a 1,000-round drum magazine to do so.”
CalGuns Shooting Sports Association opposed the new law, and its representatvie Chad Cheung said gun violence is “more of a people problem than a gun problem.”
Cheung’s group has pending lawsuits against new laws in San Francisco and Sunnyvale that also ban certain types of firearms and magazines. The group has yet to decide if it will file a third lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles.
Krekorian threatened the National Rifle Association, which strongly opposed the new law. Standing in front of City Hall after the decision, Krekorian said, “If the NRA wants to sue us over this, bring it on.”
Anna Barvir, the attorney representing Cheung’s organization in the lawsuits, also voiced concerns over the new magazine ban. She said that magazines that hold more than 10 rounds “are in common use for self-defense and they are overwhelmingly chosen for that purpose,” Fox News reported.
The law will exempt police officers, members of the military, firearms dealers and any other citizen who purchased a firearm before Jan. 1, 2000.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a Democrat, said he would immediately sign the bill into law.