Judge Upholds San Francisco Gun Magazine Ban

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Ammunition. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Ammunition. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — A federal judge has upheld San Francisco’s ban on gun magazines that can hold more than 10 bullets.

The judge ruled Wednesday that the city’s law doesn’t hinder self-defense and promotes public safety. San Francisco supervisors enacted the law in November in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012 that claimed 27 lives.

The Sandy Hook gunman was armed with an assault weapon and several magazines each equipped to hold more than 10 bullets each.

In tossing out the National Rifle Association’s challenge to the San Francisco ban, U.S. District Judge William Alsup noted that four other courts across the country upheld similar bans in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Connecticut and New York.

Chuck Michel, a lawyer for the NRA, didn’t immediately return a phone call.

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