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San Diego Judge Blocks California’s High-Capacity Ammunition Ban

A custom-made semi-automatic hunting rifle with a high-capacity detachable ma...

Credit: Associated Press

Above: A custom-made semi-automatic hunting rifle with a high-capacity detachable magazine is displayed at a gun store in Rockin, Calif. California. Oct. 3, 2013.

GUEST: Bianca Bruno, reporter, Courthouse News Service

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A federal judge has upheld his earlier decision blocking a California law barring gun owners from possessing high-capacity magazines.

San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez on Friday declared unconstitutional the law banning possession of magazines holding more than 10 bullets.

California has prohibited buying or selling such magazines since 2000. Those who had them before then were allowed to keep them.

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In 2016, the Legislature and voters approved a law removing that provision. The California arm of the National Rifle Association sued and Benitez sided with the group's argument that banning the magazines infringes on the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

His order included an example of a home invasion where a woman used extra bullets in her high-capacity magazine to kill an attacker.

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