Los Angeles City Council approves ban on high-capacity gun magazines

Several guns containing high-capacity magazines are shown in an undated photo. (KABC)

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to ban the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines Tuesday.

Dozens of residents attended the meeting to urge city leaders to support the ban. The proposal was sponsored by Councilmember Paul Krekorian.

"People who want to defend their homes, people who want to defend their families don't need a 100-round drum magazine and an automatic weapon to do it," he said.

He said the recent high-profile shootings with firearms that use high-capacity magazines have resulted in multiple deaths.

However, some critics say the ordinance won't allow the magazines to be used at legal events such as sports competitions. Other critics believe it won't deter criminals from getting weapons.

Krekorian expects there will be legal challenges on the ban. Gun rights groups have already threatened to sue the city, stating the ban violates the Second Amendment.

Mayor Eric Garcetti is expected to sign the ordinance, which will then take 30 days to go into effect. Anyone who owns those magazines will have a 60-day grace period to legally sell, surrender or remove the items out of the city.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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