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California Gov.-Elect Gavin Newsom Repeats Call To Ban High-Capacity Gun Magazines

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom repeated his call this week for a ban on high-capacity gun magazines following the shooting in Thousand Oaks that killed 12 people.

California voters in 2016 passed a law to ban possession of magazines that carry more than 10 rounds. That effort was spearheaded by Newsom. But a lawsuit by gun rights groups has blocked it from going into effect.

“High capacity magazine clips have no place in the streets of this country, let alone the streets of this city and state,” Newsom told reporters at a press conference in San Francisco.

Ventura County law enforcement has said the suspected gunman used an ‘extended magazine’ for ammunition. It’s not clear how many rounds it held.

Craig DeLuz, a spokesman for the Cal Guns Foundation, said efforts to ban magazines over 10 rounds erode Second Amendment rights.

“Once you get to a point where you allow them to ban one item, or you allow them to ban multiple items – it never stops,” DeLuz told Capital Public Radio. “Every time there is a shooting or a tragedy, they find another reason to ban something else.”

A federal district judge is now deciding whether to make the ban permanent.

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