Federal appals court votes to uphold California gun restriction

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals delivered a setback to gun rights advocates this week.

According to reports, the court determined that a California restriction on the capacity of firearm magazines should be upheld.

“A huge victory for the health and safety of all Californians”

In a 7-4 decision on Tuesday, judges ruled that the statewide law is “a reasonable fit for the important government interest of reducing gun violence.”

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom celebrated the outcome in a tweet, writing: “Weapons of war don’t belong on our streets. This is a huge victory for the health and safety of all Californians.”

For its part, the court’s majority opinion found that the restriction “only limits the size of the magazine” and not the type of weapons that are permitted.

In response to Californians concerned about the potential impact on self-defense, the court wrote that “there is no evidence that anyone has been unable to defend his home and family due to the lack of a large-capacity magazine.”

Three of the four dissenting judges were appointed by former President Donald Trump and the minority made its position on the issue known in its own statement.

“Like a second-class gift from the government”

Large-capacity magazines “are lawfully owned by millions of people nationwide,” the dissenting judges wrote, concluding that if every state were to follow California’s lead, it would “require confiscating half of all existing firearms magazines in this country.”

California Rifle & Pistol Association President Chuck Michel registered his disappointment in a statement complaining that the decision treats the Second Amendment “like a second-class gift from the government.”

He added that his organization will attempt to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has already taken on another major gun rights case recently.

As Reuters noted, the nation’s highest court heard arguments last month regarding a New York law severely limiting the right of individuals to carry firearms outside of their homes. In that case, some of the court’s conservative justices expressed skepticism about the scope of the law.

New York’s ban prompted Justice Brett Kavanaugh to remark: “Why isn’t it good enough to say, ‘I live in a violent area and I want to defend myself?'”

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