California: City of LA Magazine Confiscation Ordinance Heading to Mayor’s Office

Call Mayor Eric Garcetti TODAY urging him NOT to sign this ineffective ordinance into law!

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Fairfax, VA -( In 2013, the Los Angeles City Council proposed an ordinance declaring magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition (so-called “large-capacity magazines”) a “public nuisance” subject to confiscation and destruction.

Though not directly prohibiting their possession, the initial proposal’s ultimate objective was to remove currently legal magazines from the hands of countless Los Angeles gun owners. Emboldened by recent moves to flatly ban the possession of such magazines in San Francisco and Sunnyvale, however, Los Angeles City Attorney presented an amended ordinance in June 2014, banning “large-capacity magazines” within city limits and criminalizing the transportation of such magazines through the city.

The amended ordinance will not prevent violent crime or mass shootings, but it does sadly limit the Second Amendment right of law-abiding gun owners to choose to use these magazines to defend themselves and their families.  As most gun owners already know, magazines holding more than 10 rounds are standard equipment for many popular pistols and rifles. And they are possessed by millions of law-abiding Americans for a variety of lawful purposes, including self-defense.  The City of Los Angeles’ magazine prohibition affects lawful gun owners’ ability to defend themselves, especially in situations potentially requiring more than 10 shots.

Unfortunately, on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, the City Council voted unanimously to adopt the amended, yet still useless, version and to send it to the Mayor for his approval, which the Mayor has indicated he is eager to do.

Please contact Mayor Garcetti TODAY urging him NOT to sign this unproductive ordinance into law. 

Email the Mayor at [email protected] and/or call the Mayor at (213) 978-0600.

If the ordinance is signed into law, people who currently possess magazines over 10 rounds will have a 60-day grace period to transfer those magazines in accordance with state law, remove them from the city, or turn them over to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Because this ordinance does not provide an exemption for self-defense, you should carefully consider your best alternative options.

What Is Considered a “Large Capacity Magazine”

Los Angeles’ definition of a “large-capacity magazine” is identical to that found in California Penal Code section 16740. This includes any ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.There are three notable exceptions:

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

2)  Any .22 caliber tube ammunition feeding device; and

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

This definition is applicable whether the magazine is assembled or disassembled.  There are also several uses and categories of individuals that are exempt from the magazine ban. Those exemptions can be viewed here (page 6).

You may store your magazines outside of Los Angeles. Be aware, however, that storing your magazines with friends or family outside of Los Angeles may qualify as an “unlawful transfer” under state law.

Help Stop These Laws from Passing in Other Jurisdictions

The anti-Second Amendment crowd has made clear its intention to continue pushing anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s agenda throughout California. Sunnyvale’s Mayor claims that residents from several neighboring cities, including Mountain View and Los Altos, have already reached out to him to push the same or similar measures in their cities. Former state Assemblywoman Sally Lieber claims the campaign for gun control in Mountain View has already begun. And with Los Angeles taking this bold step, it is becoming even more likely that other California cities will follow suit.

You can assist in the fight to defend gun owners’ rights in California courts by donating to the NRA Legal Action Project today. For a summary of some of the many actions the NRA has taken on behalf of California gun owners, including the tremendous recent victory in the Peruta case, click here.

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Look at exemption #13.

Bleep THEM!!

That law is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!! The Politicians that Created and ENACTED that LAW, ARE TRAITORS!!! ANd they SHOULD BE DEALT WITH AS SUCH!!!


What happens when you have Millions and millions of magazines and you stop 1000 what do you have?




I was born and raised in the PDRC (People’s Democratic Republic of California) and I fled it 20 years ago. I looked around and saw that city, county, and state governments wanted me to be a victim. They gave the criminals more rights than the citizens, and if a citizen wanted to protect themselves in public, they’d have to hire a bodyguard, because government would not give them a concealed carry permit. And here’s another odd fact, local city ordinances supersede state law too. Crossing one city limit into another could take you from being an armed citizen to a… Read more »


Does this ordinance include the LAPD?


I think you know the answer to that !


They want retired lapd to be able to carry and have no lock at home but dems are afraid of retired cops guns.

Cause a cop could be home and need his gun fast….LOL


Where can we buy the cheapest 11 round magazines? Where can we find the mailing addresses of the City Councilmen?


Or just move


It’s an unconstitutional ordinance.

Ignore it.

Capn Dad

How about just saying no compliance?


I think these Kali. tyrannists that try to confiscate ‘standard capacity magazines’ from law-abiding citizens might find that very,very difficult ! I would like to see the expression on the faces of this traitor trash if they could see my drum magazines ! That would be priceless !

Thomas P

Too bad it will be the police to enforce this unconstitutional and inhumane act. The politicians should be the ones who have to go door to door, in plain clothes without body armor and no bodyguards.


If they can find any police to enforce this tyranny,confiscation of law-abiding firearms owners weapons,they are no longer legitimate LE,just thugs with a badge and a gun,….and they will be dealt with as such.


If they insist on passing these, they should be required to pay for every magazine affected. Just like any other government taking.

Clark Kent

Peter: Then put YOUR money where your mouth is and financially support pro-firearm candidates. It cuts both ways….


@Clark,I have done a lot of that the last 4 years. I’m also counting memberships and donations to the NRA and TSRA,as well as pro-2A candidates. It’s so important to join the NRA,it’s state chapter,or both,if you can afford it. I donated a few hundred bucks to get Greg Abbott in the TX governors mansion. Perry was just a lot of talk,Abbott is getting it done. (Texans will finally have the concealed/open carry option effective 1-1-16,thanks in a large part to Gov.Abbott)


I find it very difficult to understand how we call our selves a Democracy and we all subscribe to and believe in the Constitution of the United States of America, however somehow it is allowed by the ‘people’ of these United States to make laws that directly conflict with the document that created this Nation. We must keep a close eye on who is drafting these laws and who is, as our representatives, voting to pass these laws. We have a duty to vote them out of office. This wonderful Nation has become the Nation of “We the People…….” those… Read more »


We are not a Democracy. That is what we are becoming and that is the problem. A Democracy is 2 wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

We were founded as a Constitutional Republic with democratically elected representatives. The difference is that a Constitution should protect the minority from the whims of the minority.

In the previous example when the wolves and sheep vote on the choice for dinner sheep is not one of the allowed choices.


No respect of property rights , firearm rights , and self defense. All traitors to their country.


The real “public nuisance” is politicians who interject themselves into the personal lives and affairs of law abiding citizens by promoting useless laws and regulations like those defined in California Penal Code 16740. None of it stops criminals.