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Appeals court upholds Calif. ban on large-capacity magazines for guns

By Simon Druker
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Appeals court upholds Calif. ban on large-capacity magazines for guns
In a split decision, a U.S. appeals court upheld California's ban on large-capacity magazines for weapons like this .223-caliber AR-15 assault rifle, limiting members of the public to those with no more than 10 bullets. File Photo by Michael Coddington/Shutterstock

Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld California's ban on large-capacity magazines on guns Tuesday.

The federal appeals court issued a split decision in upholding the ban, ruling to limit the size of magazines to those that hold 10 or fewer bullets.

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The decision reverses a lower court ruling.

It also found the ban imposed by California lawmakers does not infringe on a person's Second Amendment rights, nor does it impact the ability to defend one's home.

"The ban on legal possession of large-capacity magazines reasonably supports California's effort to reduce the devastating damage wrought by mass shootings," said Judge Susan P. Graber, a Clinton appointee, writing for the majority.

Mass shootings that involved a large-capacity magazine have killed or injured more than twice as many people as those involving smaller-capacity magazines, she wrote.

Many believe the move paves the way for the state to institute an all-out ban on assault-style, semi-automatic weapons.

The case stems from 2017, when a group of large-capacity magazine owners in California sued to block the initial magazine-restricting regulation.

With backing from the National Rifle Association, the group claimed the measure violated individual Second Amendment rights.

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That led to the appeal to the full bench of the 9th Circuit by the state's attorney general.

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