Attorney General Ken Paxton joins brief defending Second Amendment

In response to California banned standard-capacity magazines for firearms

AUSTIN, Texas – Attorney General Ken Paxton defended Americans’ Second Amendment rights by joining a multistate friend-of-the-court brief before the San Francisco-based Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit. He joined in response to California banning standard-capacity magazines for firearms, which hold eleven to fifteen rounds. These standard-capacity magazines are common among law-abiding gun owners and used to promote public safety in the 41 states that allow them.

“Banning magazines commonly used by law-abiding citizens is a blatant violation of the Second Amendment. California’s law must be struck down,” said Attorney General Paxton. “The right to bear arms is of vital importance to millions of Americans, particularly the most vulnerable in our communities. Criminalizing the mere possession of standard magazines not only flies in the face of the Constitution, but it strips citizens of potentially life-saving defense.”

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008 Heller decision stated that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own firearms that are commonly used by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes. This includes self-defense or defense of “hearth and home.” The brief debates that California’s law infringed its citizens’ Second Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution by banning magazines that come standard with many other popular firearms sold today.

Read a copy of the brief here.