New gun magazine law goes into effect Saturday

New gun magazine law goes into effect Saturday

FRESNO, Calif. - A new state law tightening up on gun control will go into effect Saturday, but not without a fight. 

Voters passed the law in November, 2016. It will prevent gun owners from carrying magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Any gun owner who has a magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammo will have to give it up their magazine by Saturday.

"All of our rights are becoming to be attacked," said John Lewis of Herb Bauer.

Lewis says a state law prevented them from selling high capacity magazines to the public since 2000. But those who already owned them were allowed to keep the magazines until now. Under the new law, those with high capacity magazines must destroy them or turn them into law enforcement with no reimbursement.

"They just need to learn how to change their mags and be able to stay in the fight if they need to defend themselves," said Lewis.

Gun control advocate Eric Payne supports the new legislation.

"It's going to make families safer, essentially," said Payne.

He says the new law is a step in the right direction.

"God forbid there's an active shooter at an elementary school," said Payne. "It would be tragic."

Lewis said he doesn't think the ban will stop a mass shooter.

"Mass shootings are going to occur whether we have these magazines or not. Guys that are hell-bent on doing that are going to find a way and even if they use a 10 round magazine, that's their intent," Lewis said.

Right now, a class action lawsuit is pending to overturn the new law. Lewis said the National Rifle Association and California Rifle and Pistol Association are asking a judge to suspend the law until a final ruling is made.


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