A federal appeals court has struck down California’s ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made the ruling Friday morning, arguing that the ban violated the 2nd Amendment.
"Even well-intentioned laws must pass constitutional muster," wrote Judge Kenneth Lee in the majority opinion. He said that while the law was passed in response to "heart-wrenching" mass shootings, the ban’s scope "is so sweeping that half of all magazines in America are now unlawful to own in California."
The ruling has national implications because other states followed California in passing similar restrictions.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra did not immediately say how he plans to respond, but he may choose to ask for a full court review, appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, or seek a delay in order to prevent a mass buying spree.