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05-17-2011, 13:16
Hi Mas,
Thanks for the wealth of info you have provided in this forum. I recently purchased my first handgun (Glock 23) to use for home defense and have been reading up in this forum every day about SD.
My question is regarding the aftermath of using high capacity magazines in a self defense shooting in California. According to this source ( (and this one ( which includes the penal code), owning and using high cap mags is not illegal. Buying, selling, manufacturing, and importing is what can get you in trouble. So, barring where the mags actually came from, how would this pan out after the shooting? Would using them make me look bad in court? Would I be better off just sticking to 10 rounders in my defense weapon?
Thanks for you time,

Mas Ayoob
05-17-2011, 14:31
CalGuns has done a lot of good work. I commend them for it, and hope that they succeed in overturning the magazine limit law there.

You undoubtedly noticed the dancing around the issue that a lot of posters were doing in that thread. When that happens, it's a sure sign that you're on thin ice.

Being a belt and suspenders guy, I'd be going with ten-shot magazines, myself, in California. My mother didn't raise me to be a test case.

Perhaps overcautious, but that's always better than incautious.

Wishing you, CalGuns, and all the law-abiding California gun owners success in improving the laws there,

05-17-2011, 16:16
Thanks. Hopefully in the future we will see a shift in the way this state views firearms. 10 rounds and backup magazines it is until things change though.