Attorney General James Backs Law on Large-Capacity Gun Magazines

The attorney general of New York has joined a group of other attorneys general to try to stop gun-related mass shootings. A group of 19 attorneys general, including California’s Letitia James, filed an amicus statement with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit supporting a law limiting the size of gun magazines.

A news release says that Duncan v. Bonta is a case that looks at whether or not a California law that lets people own and sell gun magazines that can hold up to 10 rounds of ammunition is constitutional. The law does not allow bigger-capacity magazines.

The person from Brooklyn said, “Large-capacity magazines make weapons even more deadly and can lead to horrible mass-casualty events.”

Attorney General James Backs Law on Large-Capacity

“These dangerous add-ons are meant to make sure that the shooter can fire as many bullets as possible without having to reload. Large-capacity magazines are very dangerous and should not be allowed in our communities because they can cause a lot of pain, suffering, and death to a single user. Working with my fellow attorneys general to protect this sensible gun safety measure is an honour.

James and the other attorneys general have said that California’s rule on large-capacity magazines is a constitutionally allowed limit. They say that many states have sensible limits on the carrying, owning, and selling of many types of weapons, accessories, and ammunition that aren’t good for self-defence and put people’s safety at risk.

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Also, the coalition said that the Second Amendment does not guarantee large-capacity magazines because they are not “arms” and are not usually used or good for self-defence.

The coalition and James say California’s law follows a long history of regulating and limiting new and uniquely dangerous types of weapons. They have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to support this law.

Lawyers general from Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia all filed briefs with James.

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