Firearm Magazine Ban Signed by LA Mayor

Following its unanimous passage by the Los Angeles City Council in late July, an ordinance was signed into law by Mayor Eric Garcetti on August 7 that bans ownership of firearm magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

The ordinance becomes law 60 days after the mayor’s signature, or September 19.

Those exempt from the ban include Hollywood movie propmasters, gunsmiths, law enforcement, museums (if the magazines are on display), and anyone with a “grandfathered mag” to a firearm for which there is no 10-round magazine produced.

As a result of the law, residents of Los Angeles who now possess magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition will be required to sell them, remove them from the city or turn them over to Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) no later than Nov. 20, 2015.

The only alternative available to those who now legally possess high-capacity magazines is to store them outside the city limits. However, the National Rifle Association (NRA) warned this week that leaving magazines with friends or family outside of Los Angeles may qualify as an “unlawful transfer” under state law.

The three ammunition-feeding device exceptions to the ordinance include:

– Any feeding device that has been permanently altered so that it cannot hold more than 10 rounds;

– Any .22 caliber tube ammunition feeding device; and

– Any tubular magazine that is contained in a lever-action firearm.

The NRA has already indicated it will likely challenge the ordinance in court.

The NRA and other firearms advocacy groups point out that the ordinance limits the Second Amendment right of legal gun owners, while doing nothing to prevent violent crime or mass shootings. Further, a majority of modern rifles and handguns sold today are equipped with “standard magazines” placing them in violation of the new ordinance.

In addition to being a flawed policy that inhibits one’s inherent right to self-defense, the NRA noted this week that the law creates a logistical nightmare for those who carry firearms legally in their vehicles, because it is almost impossible to drive any significant distance in Southern California without passing through the City of Los Angeles at some point.

Top Photo: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signing the measure that ends legal possession of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds in Los Angeles. Photo from


What do you think of this new restrictive law enacted by the City of Los Angeles? If you live in or around Southern California, how will it affect your life and travels?





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2 Responses to “Firearm Magazine Ban Signed by LA Mayor”

  1. James Russell


  2. Stan Jacobs

    Will be coming through So Cal in a few weeks. Will do my best to avoid LA and spend my money elsewhere!!! LA is a sewer anyway!