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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Supreme Court Refuses to Block Gun Magazine Ban

The City of Sunnyvale, California passed a voter-initiated ordinance banning gun magazines that hold more than 10 bullets.  That ordinance was challenged by gun owners represented by the NRA who argued that the restriction on gun magazine sizes interferes with the Second Amendment right to have a gun for self-defense.  

The district court denied the plaintiffs' request to block enforcement of the ordinance, stating that a right to have a magazine of greater than ten rounds “lies at the periphery” of the Second Amendment, and can be restricted in the interest of public safety.  “Magazines having a capacity to accept more than ten rounds are hardly crucial for citizens to exercise their right to bear arms,” the judge commented. Fyock v. City of Sunnyvale (Mar. 5, 2014)

The case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which recently denied the NRA's request to block enforcement of the Sunnyvale ordinance.  

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink


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