California Gun Grabbers: Bay Area Gun Laws will Result in Confiscation of Police Gun Magazines

Screen-Shot-2013-01-04-at-8.46.48-AM-1024x582On November 19, the San Francisco Veteran Police Officers Association (SFVPOA) filed a lawsuit, supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA), in federal court challenging San Francisco’s recent ban on the possession of magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds.   A lawsuit is currently being prepared against the City of Sunnyvale, which recently adopted a similar magazine ban.

Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers across the country currently possess these common, standard-capacity magazines when they are off duty for self-defense, sport and other lawful purposes.   The new magazine confiscation laws will force active police officers in San Francisco and Sunnyvale to surrender their privately-owned magazines – or face criminal liability.

In a recent interview, Larry Barsetti, a plaintiff in the San Francisco lawsuit and a member of the SFVPOA, pointed out that law enforcement officers will be in violation of the ban if they possess any prohibited magazines that were not issued to them for official duties.  When asked to comment, the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office confirmed that the ordinance “does not prohibit off duty officers from keeping their duty weapons because those weapons are issued to them in connection with their official duties.”

Police officers who have any magazines over ten rounds in their personal collections, or any magazines they were authorized to purchase for off-duty use, must dispose of those magazines.  If they don’t, the officers will become criminals.

The same is true for active law enforcement officials in Sunnyvale.  Sunnyvale’s Measure C only exempts police officers who possess magazines over ten rounds “while acting within the course and scope of her or her duties.”

Family members of law enforcement officers are also at risk.  If an officer leaves the house without…

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  • joshuasweet

    Just leave the state there are plenty of police officer jobs elsewhere then see how they cry when the criminals are the only ones with guns holding magazines over ten rounds.
    after all their retirement system is just as messed up as their laws

  • Hotnike

    Maybe the confiscation from the police is not such a bad idea considering some of the crap that law enforcement has pulling off lately.

  • Mister007

    What good does the law do when all you have to do is carry more clips that hold 10 rounds. Dumb is the word to call that law.

  • jimpeel

    Just one more example of poorly thought out laws

  • tinkerunique

    Like Hilarity Clinton said when “Unkl Billy” was POTUS, “Only cops and crooks should have guns.” Crooks get most of their guns on the street. <( AS MOST POLICE KNOW )

  • Formynder

    This article is marked as “By GJWHG”; however, there is no commentary from your staff on it, the article is ripped entirely from the NRA-ILA post. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen it and it’s both misleading and wrong. How about changing the byline to whichever source you get the articles from?

  • anarchyst

    Law enforcement must be subject to the same laws as us mere mundanes. Any deviation in the application of the “law” brings on the specter of “unequal treatment before the law” and must be prohibited.
    Maybe things will change when “law enforcement” personnel are subject to the same rules as the rest of us . . .

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