Attorney General Todd Rokita is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a California law because it unconstitutionally criminalizes the possession of standard-capacity magazines — outlawing those that hold 11 or more rounds of ammunition — and endangers gun rights in all states.
“When courts allow these kinds of restrictive laws to stand,” Attorney General Rokita said, “it creates a dangerous precedent that jeopardizes the rights of law-abiding gun owners nationwide, including in Indiana.”
States have no authority to limit ownership of firearms to those capable of firing 10 or fewer times before being reloaded, Attorney General Rokita said.
“Hoosiers cherish their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms, as well they should,” Attorney General Rokita said. “I will protect those rights at every opportunity.”
In total, attorneys general from 23 states are signed onto an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case involving the California law and ultimately to uphold the Second Amendment.
“The purpose of the Second Amendment is not to ensure opportunities for hunting or target practice,” Attorney General Rokita said. “Rather, the purpose of the Second Amendment is to enable law-abiding Americans to protect their lives, liberty and property against all threats — whether posed by individual intruders breaking into homes or marauding armies trying to take over communities.”