SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 29, 2023) – Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced the filing of a brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the parties challenging California’s ban on so-called “large capacity” magazines. The brief in Duncan v. Bonta can be viewed at FPCLaw.org.
“Under the Supreme Court’s decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, Plaintiffs must prevail in their challenge to California’s bans on commonly possessed semiautomatic ammunition magazines,” argues the brief. “Bruen unequivocally reaffirmed what District of Columbia v. Heller taught: All instruments that constitute bearable arms are ‘arms’ within the plain text of the Second Amendment. That certainly includes the firearms that can be equipped with magazines banned by California.”
"As FPC's legal brief clearly explains, California’s magazine ban is entirely unconstitutional and must fail under the Supreme Court's binding precedents," said FPC President Brandon Combs. "Arms in common use for lawful purposes are protected and their possession and use cannot be banned, period."
FPC's brief was filed by attorneys David H. Thompson and Peter A. Patterson of Cooper & Kirk, PLLC.
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