For the first time in nearly two decades, the sale of “high capacity” magazines exceeding 10 rounds was allowed to be sold in Califonia after a federal judge temporarily threw out the state’s ban. So from March 29th to April 5th, thousands of law-abiding gun owners flocked to the nearest gun shop.
“Everything was all sold out. I basically took whatever I could get,” Chris Puehse, the owner of Foothill Ammo in Shingle Springs, said. “People loved it. It was like we were out of prison and were not treated like bastard stepchildren of the country anymore.”
The floodgates were opened by US District Judge Roger Benitez after he tossed out the state law that was originally meant to mitigate mass shootings, the Daily Mail reported. At the time of the temporary ban, Benitez said the sales ban on the magazines violated the Second Amendment.
The 20-year-old ban being lifted allowed Califonia residences to purchase magazines that contained more than 10 rounds, which reportedly put so much traffic on certain gun sites that they crashed, the SF Chronicle reported.
State Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who was in opposition of the removal of the ban, claimed the state was in danger of becoming “the wild, wild West for high-capacity magazines.”
“There are those who are now trying to flood the state of California with what were until this decision illegal high-capacity magazines, the type of magazines that are used in firearms to commit the mass shootings that we’ve seen throughout the country,” Becerra said.
On the other end of the spectrum, gun advocates praised the decision with many hailing the week-long allowance of high capacity magazines as “Freedom Week.”
Gun Owners of California President Sam Paredes recalled the week the ban was lifted. “The pipeline was open and it was flowing, on all platforms – people showing up (in stores), online – I’m guessing that UPS and FedEx had a field day,” Paredes explained. “It was a frenzy.”
After the week-long sale, Benitez barred further sales until the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could decide how they wanted to proceed. The court could either continue to allow the sell of these magazines or opt to continue the ban, NBC News reported.