Currently, 22 states are speaking out against gun reform, now urging the ninth circuit court to rule against the large capacity magazine ban.
In 2016, California passed a ban on magazines that held 10 bullets or more; then in August that ban was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge and was upheld by a three-judge panel. In February, the court agreed to have an 11-judge panel rehear the case. There are now 22 states, which are being led by Republican attorneys general of Arizona and Louisiana that have come forward and are now urging the Circuit Court of Appeals to rule against California’s ban and rule it unconstitutional once again. “California is trying to turn otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals simply for owning the magazines that come standard to many of the most popular firearms in our country,” Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said in a statement.
California’s argument is that such a ban is necessary since guns with more than 10 rounds have been used in a number of mass shootings. California banned the manufacturing, sale and transfer of such magazines in 2000. But in 2016 the state tried to ban even the possession of those magazines. However, the NRA launched a lawsuit with a coalition of gun owners which ended with the possession ban being struck down, reported Fox News.
One of the arguments made by the states is that the right to bear arms actually protects citizens that are in disadvantaged communities or that are in high crime areas because law enforcement may not be able to respond quickly enough. “California should not be allowed to invade its own citizens’ constitutional rights, and this Court should not imperil the rights of citizens in this Circuit and other states with its analysis,” the brief says.
President Joe Biden (D) has come out saying he “didn’t want to wait another minute, let alone an hour”. He then urged the Senate to ban the controversial term “assault weapons”. “I got that done as a senator. It brought down mass shootings, we can do it again,” Biden said. “We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again,” Biden later expanded.
It is clear that there is a huge divide when it comes to gun control or gun reform. Both parties stand firm in their beliefs one way or another leaving the country divided once again.
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