The National Rifle Association has once again proven its stronghold over American society. On Thursday, the NRA won a legal battle in California preventing the state’s new gun control measure from taking effect.
California voters approved the measure, Proposition 63, prohibiting the possession of magazines that can hold more than 10 cartridges in November. The legislation was supposed to take effect on Sunday and people who owned high-capacity magazines were instructed to either destroy, sell, or turn in the cartridges to authorities. The state has already banned the sale of such magazines in 2000.
Crying encroachment on Second Amendment rights, the NRA sued the State and won. According to SFGate, U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego granted a statewide injunction on the grounds that “disarming” California’s law-abiding citizens was not constitutional.
“The right to bear arms includes the right to keep and carry ammunition and magazines holding more than 10 rounds for those arms, for both self-defense and to be ready to serve in a militia,” Benitez said.
ABC News reports that Attorney General Xavier Becerra cited mass shootings a reason to prohibit the possession of high-capacity magazines. Don Thompson writes:
“Forcing assailants to change magazines more frequently gives victims time to flee or subdue the shooter, Becerra argued in court filings.
He listed as examples the shooting in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 people and injured 53; the terrorist assault that killed 14 and injured 22 in San Bernardino; the massacre of children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut; and the Arizona attack that killed six and wounded 13 including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.”
This ruling fares well for an anti-liberal militia that the NRA’s new ad is hoping to inspire.