Friday, September 22, 2023

Major Victory

9/22/23 San Diego Union-Tribune:
"California cannot ban gun owners from having detachable magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, a federal judge ruled Friday.

"The decision from U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez won’t take effect immediately. Democratic U.S. Attorney General Rob Bonta has already promised to appeal the ruling. The ban is likely to remain in effect while the case is still pending."

Bonta of course is California Attorney-General.

"Benitez ruled “there is no American tradition of limiting ammunition capacity.” He said detachable magazines “solved a problem with historic firearms: running out of ammunition and having to slowly reload a gun.”

“There have been, and there will be, times where many more than 10 rounds are needed to stop attackers,” Benitez wrote. “Yet, under this statute, the State says ‘too bad.’”"

And yes, this is a case on which I have worked as an expert witness.  I am feeling pretty good.

Decision Duncan v. Bonta here.

And I am cited on p. 57. And two other citations.  Too tired to fill in those other page numbers right now.


  1. Congratulations. I trust historians among our descendants who study our current madness will recognize your contributions. It's surely rare for analysts within our own moment to get the recognition deserved.

    Did you see, when it was published, this essay on "Arming America" ?

    Offered up in context to the then-hot controversary over "The 1619 Project", the article correctly observed parallels to history-as-politics and sketched them clearly. Yet the work and names of the actual researchers who pushed back on the thesis are all omitted. This is true of those who dispute other named radical theorists: Edward Baptist and Nancy MacLean. I would add that Michael Mann has a much higher, and undeserved, repute than any of his better-qualified critics. Fame itself is a currency and reward to many researchers, and the work and research that pleases the left-leaning media is vastly better "paid" than the sort of work you're doing.

    Still, work on. Thank you.

  2. Unfortunately a judge in a similar case here in Washington was not persuaded by reason, facts or logic, or Duncan v. Bonta.