San Francisco is suing five online gun equipment suppliers for allegedly selling large-capacity magazines that have been banned from being distributed in California for nearly two decades.
The lawsuit filed Thursday by City Attorney Dennis Herrera targets Badger Mountain Supply, located in Washington state; 7.62 Precision in Alaska; Shooters Plus, located in Mississippi; LAK Supply of Wyoming; and Buymilsurp.com, located in Florida, which are reportedly selling complete but dissembled large-capacity magazines as “repair kits” to customers in San Francisco and throughout the state. Such magazines have been illegal to sell in California since Jan. 1, 2000.
“It takes a particular type of miscreant to compromise the safety of Californians simply for profit,” Herrera said in a statement. “The only purpose of these magazines is to kill as many people as quickly as possible. They have no place in our neighborhoods.”
The companies named in the lawsuit allegedly misrepresented that California consumers may legally purchase disassembled large-capacity magazines as “repair kits,” according to the City Attorney’s Office. In addition to civil penalties, the lawsuit is seeking a court order that would require the companies to state on their websites that it is illegal to buy such “repair” or “rebuild” kits in California.
Herrera noted that large-capacity magazines were used in numerous mass shootings in the U.S., including the Orlando nightclub massacre in 2016 in what amounted to the deadliest terrorist attack in the nation since Sept. 11, 2001.
Following the 2000 statewide ban of large-capacity magazines, numerous companies began selling magazine “repair kits,” which Herrera said are simply disassembled but complete large-capacity magazines.
Herrera previously sued four companies over the practice in 2013, and the following year San Francisco enacted a ban on possessing large-capacity magazines. Last November, California voters approved Proposition 63 that outlaws the possession of large-capacity magazines throughout the state beginning July 1.