The gun control crowd is still relishing their victory from late last week. Los Angeles Major Eric Garcetti signed into law a measure that will make the possession of gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition a misdemeanor.
The measure was introduced by City Councilman Paul Krekorian and passed the city council by unanimous vote on July 28.
Los Angeles has banned possession of gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, closing a loophole in state law.
Gun owners will have 60 days to take their large-capacity magazines out of the city, sell them to licensed dealers or surrender them to police.
Exemptions to the law are in place for Hollywood prop masters, gunsmiths, law enforcement (surprise), museums and any person “lawfully in possession of a firearm that the person obtained prior to January 1, 2000 if no magazine that holds 10 or less rounds of ammunition is compatible with that firearm and the person possesses the large capacity magazine solely for use with that firearm.”
Everyone else will be forced to get rid of their ten + round magazines in the next two months or face the risk of being charged with a misdemeanor if discovered.
Krekorian, the author of the ordinance spoke after the signing while basking in the glory of his success and claimed the ban will save lives:
These magazines may not be the cause of gun violence, but when shooters use them, tragedies turn into massacres.
In making the above claim that guns may not be the cause of violence, Krekorian has exposed a logical fallacy upon which the methodology behind the modern-day gun control movement is based. Many on the anti-gun left believe that guns are the cause of violence, so they reason if the amount of guns in circulation are reduced or guns are made more difficult to obtain legally, then crime rates will go down.
Gun rights and 2nd Amendment advocates understand that guns do not cause crime or violence. However, this is the first time I’ve heard a member of the gun-control crowd admit this fact.
Of course guns cannot be the cause of violence any more than a baseball bat can be the cause of a player hitting a home run. The bat by itself cannot hit a home run and the gun left alone cannot load and fire itself, no matter what size magazine is attached to it.
On a recent episode of The Felony Report on the Lions of Liberty Podcast, Marc Clair and I discussed the Charleston shooting and speculated how it could be possible to eliminate all gun violence. The only way to completely eliminate gun violence from society would be to entirely eliminate guns. This would mean that no one would have access to a firearm. The ban would need to be all-encompassing to include police, military, and all government officials.
This is obviously not feasible in our modern-day society and it certainly is not something that I’m advocating. The structure of our society and the existence of our current coercive, corrupt governments make any call for gun confiscation problematic. The government simply could not be trusted and disarming the populace would only expose individuals to a rapidly eroding rights landscape.
For those wondering why any non-violent person in Los Angeles would need magazines which hold more than ten rounds of ammo, I offer this bit of anecdotal evidence.
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