Appeals court upholds California city's gun-magazine ban

Mar 4, 2015 1:52 PM by News Staff

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) - An appeals court has upheld a San Francisco Bay Area city's ban on gun magazines that can hold more than 10 bullets.

The 9th US. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected gun owners' arguments that Sunnyvale's ban violated Second Amendment rights. The unanimous three-judge panel said Sunnyvale's public safety concerns outweighed self-defense concerns raised by the National Rifle Association and others.

State law banned the sale and manufacturer of high-capacity magazines since 2000. But Sunnyvale's voter-approved ban goes further, prohibiting possession of high capacity magazines. The ruling upheld a lower court.

San Francisco, Los Angeles and other cities in California and across the country have enacted or are considering similar bans.

Several other federal courts across the country have made similar rulings. None have struck down a ban.

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