The City’s tough gun-control laws became tougher Tuesday with the Board of Supervisors’ passage of a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines that contain more than 10 bullets.
It’s already illegal in California to buy, sell or carry high-capacity magazines under a law that took effect in 2000. But that ban does not apply to magazines bought before the law went into effect.
State firearms law prempts local law, and the state does not ban possession of large-cap magazines.
San Francisco has run into this problem before, and I expect this attempted gun grab will also fall – after years of expensive litigation. However, the field is murky, and California courts have traditionally been receptive to this sort of nibbling at gun rights.
Bottom line: In my home town, possession of legally owned magazines has overnight been rendered illegal.