AmmoLand Cited in California Magazine Case

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Update: The California Attorney General’s office now admits that magazines are flooding the California market and represent
“an unacceptable danger to public safety.”

The AG’s office has set a deadline of 5 PM today for the judge to rule on the stay, or they will go to the Ninth Circuit Court to file for an emergency stay.

CEO of  Michel & Associates, P.C., C.D. Michel, told AmmoLand that they are trying to “put the genie back in the bottle,” and expressed doubts that the AG’s office actually thought that no magazines were coming into the state.

San Diego, Calif.-( plaintiff in the California magazine limitation case has cited an AmmoLand article as exhibit one in their response to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s petition for a stay of the judge’s decision.

Last Friday, San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez declared that laws limiting magazine size violate the Second Amendment. He cited multiple home invasions that were stopped by citizens using magazines holding more than ten rounds. He pointed out that guns are more likely to be used in self-defense than in mass shootings which he called exceedingly rare”.

“Individual liberty and freedom are not outmoded concepts,” Judge Benitez wrote in his decision.

Almost immediately online retailers resumed shipping magazines to the Golden State for the first time since the year 2000. California residents started buying up magazines by the dozens. Servers even crashed due to the expanded workload.

AG Becerra vowed to fight the ruling even if it required going all the way to the Supreme Court. The first stop would be the very left-leaning Ninth Circuit Court. He expressed the need to prevent sales to residents of California.

On April 1st counsel for the AG, John D. Echeverria, called the law firm of Michel & Associates, P.C. and left a voicemail stating that they planned to seek a stay of the court ruling striking down what the judge called an unconstitutional magazine ban.

Echeverria did get in touch with Sean Brady, who is the co-counsel in the case to discuss the matter. Later that day on a conference call Echeverria confirm that he would be filing an ex parte application with the Court. The stay would be against the court’s ruling legalizing magazines holding more than ten rounds.

In an ex parte application hearing, only the side that is making the request is represented. The defendant wants the stay to last until the state’s appeal could be heard by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The plaintiffs filed an opposition to the stay.

In their ex parte application, the defendant included a post to social media made by Palmetto State Armory.

In that post, PSA said, “We are getting prepared to send a whole lot of freedom to our friends in California. #ShallNotBeInfringed #2A.”

The plaintiffs argue in their response that if the courts issue the stay, it would adversely affect the residents of the state that had already ordered magazines from online retailers. It would turn these California residents into criminals overnight. Police could charge these law abiding citizens with a crime and legally punish them severely.

In a somewhat surprising move, the defendants tried to argue there is no evidence that anyone in California had purchased magazines online since companies started selling to the people of the sate. The law firm of Michel & Associates, P.C. cited an article that I wrote for AmmoLand.

In the article, I contacted multiple retailers including Brownells, Rainier Arms, and Natchez Shooters Supplies about the rush in magazine sales to California. All the retailers confirmed that they had seen a substantial spike in sales due to orders for these now legal magazines from people in California.

Rainier Arms saw such a spike that it crashed their payment processor’s server. Natchez Shooters Supplies had to redo their email advertisement because from the time they started to sell to California to the time they were able to complete the email they had sold out of many different magazines.

I also contact residents of the state that confirmed that they had been buying up magazines for all different type of guns. A quick internet search of forums from California shows that residents are buying these magazines in large quantities.

DECLARATION OF ANNA M. BARVIR in VIRGINIA DUNCAN, et al., Plaintiffs, v. XAVIER BECERRA, by AmmoLand Shooting Sports News on Scribd

AmmoLand wasn’t the only media source cited by the plaintiff. The plaintiff’s opposition also mentioned an article written by Christina Fan of ABC 30. Fan contacted a local shooting range that was having issues getting magazine due to the rush of Californian’s buying them up in bulk. Both articles seemed to dispute Echeverria’s claim that there is no evidence that the people of California are purchasing the magazines.

AmmoLand reached out to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office and Michel & Associates, P.C for comment, but have not received a response at the time of this writing.

About John CrumpJohn Crump

John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%’ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at

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Michael J

This attorney general represents no one but himself. A judge ruled and Becerra doesn’t like it. In typical fashion California democrats will always tie up the people’s rights and desires when it doesn’t suit their agendas. Just who do these public servants serve?
Certainly not the law abiding citizens of this state. They are nothing short of elected dictators who then decide for themselves what the public can and cannot have. Becerra became Kamala Harris’ replacement when she became a senator. First appointed by moonbeam brown he’s as anti-second amendment as they come.


Judge Benitez is a genius.
With his order, maybe as many as a million standard capacity magazines entered California.
With his stay, they are legally owned and cannot be confiscated.
Now when the case is appealed, the state cannot argue that these magazines are not in common use as there are a million of them in the state.

California gun owner

Whoever is trying to turn the conversation into a racist rant is doing everything to assist anti-gunners, and nothing to preserve our right to standard mags in California, which is what this article is about. In fact you assist Newsome and Becerra, and completely overlook the fact that a judge named Benitez was the one who stood up for our rights. We have no room for racism, and need to stand together if we would like to keep our guns and protect our homes and loved ones. People from all religions and races are welcome in joining to protect our… Read more »


The many woes, trials and tribulations having to live enslaved as a proletariat in the Long lost land of confusion called……..Kalifornimexistan.

Today President Trump is in that State talking with the Border Patrol agents, supervisors, immigration officials etc.
and others watching the border. And where is the State’s Governor Gavin Gruesome Newsome? Vacationing somewhere out of country.

How about the Lt. Governor, or the State AG? Mum is the word……………………Shhhh


WHAT SCARES ME MOST are drive by bayonetings. Thank god that California outlawed bayonet lugs years ago, it sure made things safer for those of us with only knives.


Well, don’t visit San Francisco. The drive by ninjas in the MAGA hats are creating fear in snowflake hearts.

John this

Bayonet lugs are not banned, that’s east coast laws


Let it be said certain manufacturers of semi-automatic rifles and semi-automatic pistols market their merchandise with standard capacity magazines as is standard for the industry and the standard for the rest of the world. Some states (California) have Legislatures which have written laws and passed laws in consideration of reduced capacity magazines which they afterwards refer to as “standard” (or their new standard); this is legislative brainwashing, mumbo-jumbo, and just plain misleading. In some cases it is more expensive to purchase a firearm with reduced capacity magazines as compared to the very same firearm with standard capacity magazines due to… Read more »


There is never a dull moment in the state of commiefornia. While we are at it, let’s discuss the Ag’s and others that are trying to control the people. There are of hispanic descent and by that I mean they are trying to turn any or all of this country into the shithouse that exists in South America. Take away citizens rights and leave them defenceless is the same way in Mexico. Send Beccara back across the river and tell him to shut up, we don’t need him here. No American needs to be ruled by a south of the… Read more »


Shut the f#$& up dude, we have Mexicans the are serving our country maybe you should go to school and become an attorney. But then again you might be to dumb for that.

Wild Bill

@Mike, Just because some serve, does not justify what is happening in our nation nor who is doing it. We can not make rules based upon potentialities. We must make rules based upon predictable scenarios, and within Constitutional parameters.


No Mike maybe you need to shut the f#$& dude; Why do Mexicans need to serve in the US army?
Why dont they serve in the Mexican army. Oh thats right its a gateway to US citizenship.
History tells us you do not want an army made up of Foreign nationals.


Mike – Are they Mexicans or are they Hispanic Americans? My heart surgeon was born and educated in Mexico. He legally immigrated. Today he is one of the leaders in his field, and told me his heart bleeds red, white and blue. He also told me to tell a medical student I sponsor not to go to medical school in Mexico. As for those in the military, one wonders why. I recall Blacks during the Vietnam era who joined just to learn tactics and use of arms which they openly stated they were going to use outside the military. In… Read more »


@ Mike You might try taking your own advice. Only a keyboard commando would start a post like that.
Your mommie needs to teach you some manners. You don’t understand what you say puts you at the bottom of the barrel. Try some reading comprehensive classes. You missed the part that I said these hispanics come here and try to change the country to what they left. That is a fact and you are a blowhard. Crawl back under the rock.

Roy D.

I just finished my daily seven mile bike ride and today I admired a just finished brick mailbox in front of a new home being built. Yep, couple of Hispanic fellas did the work and it was like most everything I have seen done by Hispanic construction workers; very good. You want to know who built the Devon Tower in OKC; that’s right, Hispanics. After I retired I did security in that building, all 844 feet of it. I don’t like being in tall buildings. That building is as solid as a brick shithouse. The quality of finish work is… Read more »

Bobby Shekels

The truth is personal rights and freedoms are a white western creation. As demographic displacement fundamentally changes Amurrica, you can kiss the 2A goodbye.

California Gun Owner

Many Californians responded immediately to the initial ruling, well aware of the 9th Circuit’s political leanings. Glock 17 9mm magazines were sold out in a day at several sellers. Many responsible California gun and homeowners look to standard magazine capacity for home protection. Judge Benitez does not want those solid citizens becoming “criminals” based on magazine round counts. There are more Californians supporting gun rights than our politicians and media will tell you about.


I never did hear or see any television news coverage out of the initial Federal Court Decision as my only sources of noticication were AmmoLand and Google News (only three articles). It is almost as if the California Legislature somehow put a lid on the story. Thanks to Pro 2A vendors Brownells and Palmetto State Armory who did not forsake Californians. Dis-honorable mention should be to Vizards out of New Hampshire who refused to acknowledge this window of 2A opportunity for Californians (Vizards should be boycotted!). On a closing note, we have a local gun show on Saturday 04-06-2019 and… Read more »


Will high cap AR mags even fit in a “California Compliant” AR?


Yes, they will.


magazines don’t kill people,democrat senators named kennedy do though rip mary jo


These “3 days of Freedom” will be remembered for a long time by our friends in California. At least Benitez made the communists sweat for a bit, and has proven that Freedom can still ring in America… at least temporarily… or until the activist/fascist 9th District gets another opportunity to destroy it further.


Maybe Judge Benitez will do what most judges do when they don’t want it appealed…never sign an order denying or granting, just deny or grant in a minute order, but no signed order denying or granting…this prevents appeals from going on. (@Tactical_review)

OMG, that state is such a joke


A very, very BAD joke… in extremely poor taste.



Wallace Curry

If the ban overturn is upheld, CA will send it to the 9th, where those Dim Wits will reinstate the ban on standard capacity mags. Appeal will be moved to SCOTUS where 2A and commerce rights will hopefully be upheld. This could be huge for those of us who live in other “People’s Republics” and support freedom. Would depend on Roberts and (most shocking) Gorsuch. Here’s hoping reason and fealty to the Constitution prevails.


I dont trust Roberts as far as he can slither. Funny how much a dead judge found with a pillow on his face, no autopsies conducted, violating state and federal laws changes things…..


surely there have been hundreds killed by now in CA with all of these magazines in the hands of gun owners, right? Oh, they haven’t? Interesting…

Green Mtn. Boy

Order your magazines before 5 pm tomorrow,my fervent hope is that millions of residents of the state ordered enough to cover the entire state 6 ‘ deep in standard capacity magazines.

California Gun Owner

I believe we did that. Nice to have something go our way in the legal system. Even the politically forced partial stay was a genius move by Judge Benitez, keeping the flow of standard magazines coming to citizens of California and depriving Becerra of getting a full stay from the 9th Circuit. This may shape a fight in the Supreme Court after the far left 9th Circuit reverses Benitez. The guy is smart. My NRA dues are prepaid for a couple of years. Let’s make this one count!

Mark Baird

there is much much more to come
Pena v Horan to overturn handgun roster….cert pending USSC
Young V Hawaii…….open carry
Nichols v Brown…….open Carry
Flannigan v Becarra…..concealed / open carry
Ruppv Becarra…….challenge to semi auto rifle with features ban.
Rhode v Becarra…….challenge to ammo sales restrictions
I could go on but we are fighting back. Don’t be. a free rider. If you value your liberty, HELP OUT…..HELP FIGHT
support these cases. Contribute! Join the organization supporting your 2A Rights.


Same Judge ruled to reinstate the ban effective as of 5pm April 5 Pacific time.

damian ibarra

he did? anywhere reference?

Green Mtn. Boy

The ruling “He’s saying that the ban on simple possession cannot be enforced by the state while the case is appealed. The ban on buying/selling mags will go back into effect tomorrow at 5pm.” “In short, he maintains the status quo (no buying or selling of mags after 5pm Friday, which has been the case since 2000) while explicitly protecting people who, relying on his order during the last week, bought new magazines.” California Judge Reinstates ‘High Capacity’ Magazine Ban As of 5pm Friday In response to a motion from the California Department of Justice, US District Court Judge… Read more »

J Gibbons

May be for the best the way he issued the injunction. This will stop an emergency request going to the full 9th. The verdict will be appealed all the way to SCOTUS, but the emergency stay would make criminals overnight. This at least stops CA law enforcement from doing anything about ownership. Not the best outcome, but it does help stop a worse intermediate outcome.


another fAG against America

it's just Boris

You mean a California politician lied?

I’m shocked! Shocked I tell you!

Ton E

A politician has lied*

Fixed it for you.