Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell took a leading role in a band of do-gooder states aiming to backstop California's quest to keep high-capacity gun magazines out of the wrong hands. The legal posse, comprising a coalition of 18 attorneys general, has thrown their collective weight behind the Golden State with an amicus brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as reported by the official Massachusetts government website.
AG Campbell said, "I’m proud to co-lead this coalition of Attorneys General committed to protecting our commonsense gun laws including restrictions on large-capacity magazines." "Duncan vs. Bonta" is the case name that's trending in legal circles, putting to the test California's limits that let gun enthusiasts load up to ten rounds but throw the book at anything heftier, as mentioned by the Massachusetts government website.
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California preliminary injunction took aim at the LCM ban. However, for now, the Ninth Circuit has hit pause on the injunction, keeping the magazine cap law locked and loaded as it painstakingly reviews California's appeal.
The attorneys general are unholstering hefty legal arguments, suggesting that the Second Amendment doesn't extend to armloads of ammo because "Large-capacity magazines are not protected by the Second Amendment since they are not 'Arms,' and they are not commonly used or suitable for self-defense." The coalition also points to past trigger locks on dangerous weapons, like machine guns or sawed-off shotguns, to show there's historical precedence for their move.