NRA sues Sunnyvale over ammo magazine ban

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SUNNYVALE — Sunnyvale’s new gun-control ordinance stops at the city line, but the National Rifle Association hopes a federal lawsuit it filed this week challenging the law will ripple all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mayor Tony Spitaleri, second from left, with supporters of Measure C, celebrates at the Sunnyvale Grand Hotel in Sunnyvale, Calif., on election night, Nov. 5, 2013. (Josie Lepe)

Mayor Tony Spitaleri, second from left, with supporters of Measure C, celebrates at the Sunnyvale Grand Hotel in Sunnyvale, Calif., on election night, Nov. 5, 2013. (Josie Lepe)

The gun rights group’s highly anticipated suit comes six weeks after 67 percent of Sunnyvale voters approved the ordinance as Measure C. The NRA took aim at part of the ordinance that requires owners of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition to remove them from the city, sell them outside California or to a licensed gun dealer, or give them up to police for destruction within 90 days.

Measure C took effect Dec. 6, giving owners until March 6 to comply. But the lawsuit filed Monday — in which the NRA is backing five Sunnyvale residents who own such magazines — seeks an injunction halting enforcement of the new law, claiming it impinges upon their Second Amendment right to self-defense.

It’s the second lawsuit to challenge the ordinance in as many weeks, and the start of a long fight here and part of a broader policy war nationwide.

“There’s an epic legal battle for the future of the Second Amendment going on across the nation right now, and Sunnyvale, by passing this ordinance, jumped right into the middle of the fray,” said Chuck Michel, the NRA’s West Coast counsel. This case “really is, in many ways, perfect for Supreme Court review.”

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