San Fagcisco sues over high-capacity ammo gun 'repair kits' intended to skirt California law
SAN FRANCISCO, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera today filed suit against three gun accessories companies and a gun show promoter for selling disassembled high-capacity magazines in California in violation of a state law that prohibits the sale, manufacture, or import of gun ammunition feeding devices that accept more than 10 rounds. Ostensibly marketed as gun magazine "repair kits" in a barely-disguised attempt to skirt a 14-year-old California gun safety law, the disassembled equipment is intended for easy reassembly by purchasers into complete, fully functional high-capacity magazines that dramatically enhance the lethality of otherwise lawful firearms.
The State of California enacted its prohibition on the sale, manufacture, or import of large-capacity magazines in 1999, declaring the devices to be public nuisances. Lawmakers at the time expressly grandfathered owners of large-capacity magazines possessed before the prohibition took effect on Jan. 1, 2000, allowing for the lawful repair and maintenance of magazines by licensed dealers and gunsmiths. According to Herrera's complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court this morning, the defendants' marketing makes clear that their sales of disassembled but brand new magazine parts is an effort to evade California law, wrongly informing consumers in some cases that their products are "100% legal repair/rebuild kits."
Online vendors named as defendants in Herrera's civil action are: Harbor, Ore.-based 44Mag Distributing LLC, which operates www.44mag.com; Dallas, Texas-based Exile Machine, LLC, which operates www.exilemachine.com; and Pitsburg, Ohio-based Copes Distributing, Inc., which operates Cope's Distributing. Herrera also sued Kaysville, Utah-based B & L Productions, Inc., which hosts gun shows throughout California as "Crossroads of the West Gun Show," including at the Cow Palace in Daly City, Calif., where large-capacity magazine "repair kits" are typically available for purchase.
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Black Blade: So the anti-American San Fagcisco City attorney is throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks. Going after Copes too?