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By Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA – A United States Court of Appeals has upheld a New Jersey law that limits ammunition that a single arms magazine can hold.
A law passed this year limits most gun owners to magazines that hold 10 rounds of ammunition instead of the 15-round mark since 1990.
USA Circuit Judge Patty Shwartz wrote that the law reconciles the state's interest in public safety with the individual's right to defend its homes. The Wednesday's 2: 1 ruling denied the request of a group with gun rights for an injunction to prevent its entry into force.
Representatives of New Jersey hope that banning large-capacity journals could thwart the mass shooters if they stop reloading. There are similar limits in seven other states, the District of Columbia and several cities.
Shwartz said member associations of the National Rifle Association (Rifle Association) challenged the law that downplayed "the significant increase in frequency and lethality" of mass shootings and active shooter situations. And she said the state's efforts are not in breach of the Second Amendment because "the number of firearms or magazines and the amount of ammunition that a person may lawfully possess is not limited."
Judge Stephanos Bibas pointed out that if one questions evidence, the law will reduce the force of arms.
The law is one of six arms control measures signed in June by Democratic government Phil Murphy. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal called the ruling in a tweet on Wednesday "a big win for public safety and law enforcement."
The New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club Association, which agrees to appeal, said the Americans own 133 magazines with more than 10 bullets, about half of those sold. Executive Director Scott L. Bach attacked the verdict as "clearly wrong" and said that "a million honest citizens have been made offenders" to take steps to defend their homes.