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California Magazine Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

The ban prohibited any magazine with a capacity of more than 10 rounds in the state.

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A ban implemented by the State of California on firearm magazines that carry more than 10 rounds has been declared to be unconstitutional by a federal judge.

Roger Benitez, a judge for the U.S District Court of Southern California, had already ruled against the law in 2017 days before it was set to be implemented. A federal appeals court confirmed his decision, and on Friday Benitez issued another ruling blocking the ban from being implemented.

It’s already illegal to purchase or transmit magazines with more than a 10-round capacity in California. The ban that Benitez overturned would have gone even further in requiring those who already possess such commonly-owned magazines to destroy or give up their magazines. The most common sporting rifles owned by civilians in the United States usually accept 30-round magazines.

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Unfortunately, gun owners and those looking to enter the hobby in California have no way to acquire standard capacity magazines for firearms such as the iconic AR-15. Californians instead are forced to utilize 10-round “baby” magazines. Plenty of semiautomatic pistols have magazines that accept more than 10 rounds, as well.

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Judge Benitez stated that “individual liberty and freedom are not outdated concepts” in issuing the ruling, a blow to gun control advocates in California and across the nation such as Michael Bloomberg and George Soros. He decided that the magazine ban would have failed the legal test set as precedent in the famous DC vs Heller case, and also cited cases in which law-abiding individuals were able to justifiably defend themselves using guns with magazines that would’ve been made illegal.

Lawfully armed citizens throughout the state will be hoping that the Judge’s ruling will serve as grounds to throw out California’s magazine purchase ban as soon as possible.

Elsewhere in the world of gun control, a nationwide gun grab measure in New Zealand has failed to retrieve more than 37 firearms.

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2A Revolution: The Number of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in Ohio Almost Doubled In 2020

Gun grabbers take another L.

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2020 was a monster year for gun sales. The unrest that ensued following the death of George Floyd motivated millions of Americans to get strapped. As cities became hellscapes filled with looting and random acts of violence, Americans learned real quick that the most reliable form of defense in such chaotic times is the right to bear arms. 

In addition, a substantial number of Americans took their gun ownership to the next level by applying for concealed carry licenses. Some figures from states such as Ohio suggest that 2020 was also a record year for the issuance of concealed carry licenses. According to Cam Edwards of Bearing Arms, data from Attorney General Dave Yost’s office uncovered that approximately 100,000 concealed carry licenses were issued to Ohioans in 2020. 

These figures are the most since 2016 and represent a 78% increase since 2019. More specifically, Ohio sheriffs issued 96,892 new concealed licenses, while 72.340 ohio gun owners completed license renewals. 2018 and 2019 were the top two years for renewed concealed firearms licenses. 

Ohio is currently ranked as the 23rd most pro-gun state in the nation according to Guns & Ammo magazine’s ranking for most pro-gun states in America. Additionally, it’s ranked in a sub-par 34th place for states most friendly towards the concept of concealed carry. Ohio’s gun laws still need work, but the state is moving in the right direction after it recently passed a bill to strengthen its Stand Your Ground laws. 

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The Second Amendment remains a powerful issue and America First proponents would do well to embrace it during election season, when there are many angry gun owners ready to pounce on anti-Second Amendment incumbents and candidates.

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