THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (KNBC) – The Glock 21 .45-caliber handgun that a Marine Corps veteran used to kill at least 12 people, including a sheriff’s sergeant, in a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, was bought legally, the Ventura County sheriff said Thursday. But a comprehensive ban on the large-capacity magazine with which it was equipped is being blocked by a federal lawsuit brought by the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association.
The California State Sheriff’s Association and other law enforcement groups are supporting the NRA lawsuit and none had comment after the sergeant was killed.
To be sure, it appears that the gunman would have been unable to have legally obtained a large-capacity magazine in California regardless of the court fight. He would have been a child when California first prohibited magazines larger than 10 rounds in 2000 and grandfathered in ones people already owned. But Thursday’s shooting drew attention to the legal battle.
After the San Bernardino shooting, voters approved extending the ban to all magazines, with the new law to go into effect in July 2017. But that the lawsuit brought by the California Rifle and Pistol Association halted its implementation.