Law enforcement sues LA over ban on high-capacity magazines

Law enforcement sues LA over ban on high-capacity magazines
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Gun owners and California law enforcement officers have filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles, claiming its ban on high-capacity magazines violates existing state regulations. 

Gun owners face a Nov. 18 deadline to give up magazines that contain more than 10 rounds of ammunition, after Los Angeles' City Council voted in July to ban ownership of the magazines, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. 

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The lawsuit seeks to block that law going into effect. 

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko, one of 30 sheriffs who filed the lawsuit, said parts of the state allow high-capacity magazines.

“The ordinance creates a patchwork of laws that law-abiding citizens and law enforcement have to navigate through,” Bosenko said, according to Los Angeles Daily News.

The California Rifle, Pistol Association and the California Reserve Peace Officers Association have also joined the lawsuit.

California has cracked down on the magazines since 2000, making it illegal to manufacture or sell them, but Los Angeles' ordinance would go further, making it illegal to possess them.  

Other cities like Sunnyvale and San Francisco also ban possession of the magazines. 

Violation of the new ordinance would carry misdemeanor charges.

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian called the lawsuit a “predictable and desperate attempt by NRA lawyers to strike down a common-sense policy that will keep our city and its people safe.”