Thursday's HOT MIC

Thursday's HOT MIC

A win for beleaguered California legal gun owners.

A federal judge is blocking a California law set to go into effect Saturday that would have barred gun owners from possessing high-capacity ammunition magazines.

San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez said in a ruling Thursday that the law banning possession of magazines containing more than 10 bullets would have made criminals of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens who now own the magazines.

He issued a preliminary injunction backing the legal challenge by the National Rifle Association-affiliated California Rifle & Pistol Association.

“On July 1, 2017, any previously law-abiding person in California who still possesses a firearm magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds will begin their new life of crime,” writes Benitez in the injunction. He claims the injunction will maintain the status quo.

I've lived in California for over 20 years and, honestly, the gun laws here weren't that bad for most of the time. Yes, the stupid waiting period has been law, but it wasn't insane. I'm from Arizona, so every other state's gun laws seem strict to me anyway.

Since the Democrats got their super-majority here they've been waging war on the Second Amendment. Governor Moonbeam actually vetoed a few ridiculous gun bills when he began his second stint as the state's chief executive, but he's just old and tired and signing everything now.

Most of what they're trying to get away with probably won't stand up to much legal scrutiny, which is why I am forever grateful for the NRA's long, well-funded legal reach.