After San Francisco, LA City now also plans to ban large-capacity gun magazines, which weapon experts claim that can aid mass killers carry out their murderous intentions with greater ease.
On July 28, the city’s council voted to ban the magazines, so the measure currently awaits Mayor Eric Garcetti’s approval.
But since Garcetti recently said that he was “eager” to do it, LA residents should prepare to get rid of their handguns and riffles that have a capacity larger than 10 rounds. According to the new measure, people need to dispose of their firearms that do not fall under the ordinance’s standards within 60 days. The new measure would take effect 30 days after the mayor signs it.
Nevertheless, LA residents can still keep their large capacity magazines as long as they remove them from city limits. The ones that do not go for this option can sell, destroy, or simply hand them over to the LAPD.
The new rules are the result of the hot debates on gun control across the U.S. following a series of mass killings some of which are currently under investigation such as the case of a Louisiana man who killed two women before taking his own life, or trialed such as the 2012 Aurora Theater shooting where 12 people were killed and 74 injured.
Similar measures were challenged in court over the years, while in 2014 a federal court decided to uphold an ordinance that banned magazines with more than 15-round capacity.
“The step we’re taking today is not a wild step. People who want to defend homes don’t need a 1,000-round drum magazine to do so,”
said LA City Council member Paul Krekorian, a backer of the measure.
But Chad Cheung, head of the Calguns Shooting Sports Association, said that the measure is wrong since the problem is related to the human factor not to the gun. He also noted that he has a life-long firearm safety expertise which thought him that large capacity magazines are not a threat if people receive proper training.
Calguns has challenged other similar ordinances across the state, so it is now pondering whether to file a similar complaint against the recent regulation.
Next week, LA City council plans to vote a measure that compels firearm owners to lock their guns at home and exempts retired law enforcement officers from the large capacity magazine restraints.
Firearm experts caution that large capacity gun magazines were used by nearly all gunmen in the nation’s high-profile mass shootings including the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary school were 20 children and 6 adults were shot dead with a weapon with a 30-round magazine and the Aurora theater massacre. The Norwegian shooter who killed nearly 70 people in 2011 admitted that he had bought 30-round ammunition magazines via the Internet from a U.S.-based dealer.
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