Los Angeles leaders outlaw high-capacity gun magazines

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Leaders in Los Angeles unanimously voted to ban the sale of high-capacity gun magazines, putting the city in the middle of the debate over national gun control following mass shootings nationwide and a boost in violent crime in some large cities.

The City Council says the measure it passed Tuesday will close a loophole in California law that bans the manufacture and sale of magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition - but not their possession.

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence contends the magazines are a common thread in mass shootings, including at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, the Los Angeles Times reported. The ordinance comes as gun-control legislation has failed to get off the ground following such massacres.

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It coincides with an increase in the number of homicides this year in cities such as Houston, St. Louis, New Orleans and Baltimore. In Los Angeles, the number of slayings dropped slightly, but the number of shooting victims jumped more than 18 percent.

Mayor Eric Garcetti says he will sign the measure and it will go into effect 30 days after that. Those who have magazines will have a 60-grace period to legally sell, surrender or take them out of the city.

The National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups have threatened to sue, saying that the ordinance violates the Second Amendment and is pre-empted by state law.

Ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds "are in common use for self-defense and they are overwhelmingly chosen for that purpose," said Anna M. Barvir, an attorney with Michel & Associates, which represents the NRA and the California Rifle & Pistol Association.

"Indeed, millions are in the hands of good American citizens. As such, they are fully protected by the Constitution," Barvir said in a statement.

Supporters of the measure say it is a small but important step in curbing violence, and Councilman Paul Krekorian said, "If the NRA wants to sue us over this, bring it on."

"People who want to defend their families don't need a 100-round drum magazine and an automatic weapon to do it," Krekorian said during a rally before the Tuesday vote.

The effort to draft the ordinance started two years ago, and Ruett and Rhonda Foster said they wished the measure passed sooner.

Their 7-year-old son, Evan, died 18 years ago when a gunman sprayed a park with more than a dozen shots. If the killer's shots had been limited before reloading, "Evan might still be here today," Ruett Foster told the council Tuesday.

Here's a look at the memorial held for victims of the La. movie shooting:

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Los Angeles leaders outlaw high-capacity gun magazines
Mourners leave flowers outside of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic church to remember and honor the victims of a deadly shooting at the Grand 16 theater, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Lafayette, La. John Russell Houser fired on the audience with a semi-automatic handgun about 20 minutes into Thursday night's showing of "Trainwreck", killing at least two people and wounding nine with a semi-automatic handgun. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
A star hangs on a tree near the parking lot of the movie theater in honor the victims of a deadly shooting at the Grand 16 theater, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Lafayette, La. John Russell Houser stood up about 20 minutes into Thursday night's showing of "Trainwreck" and fired on the audience with a semi-automatic handgun. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
A lone heart remains after mourners make memorial flags to remember and honor the victims of a deadly shooting at the Grand 16 theatre, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Lafayette, La. John Russell Houser stood up about 20 minutes into Thursday night's showing of "Trainwreck" and fired on the audience with a semi-automatic handgun. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
LAFAYETTE, LA - JULY 25: Detailed view of a makeshift memorial outside of a store owned by one of the victims, Jillian Johnson, on July 25, 2015 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Two people were killed and nine wounded when a shooter identified as John Russell Houser, 59, opened fire in a movie theater, killing himself when police arrived. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
LAFAYETTE, LA - JULY 24: A local resident leaves flowers at a makeshift memorial outside of a store owned by one of the victims, Jillian Johnson on July 24, 2015 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Two People were killed and nine others wounded when a shooter identified as John Russell Houser opend fire in a crowded movie theater. Houser reportedly shot himself after police arrived. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
A small memorial is shown outside of the Red Arrow business for the owner Jillian Johnson, a victim of the the movie theater shooting, in Lafayette, La. on Friday, July 24, 2015 Johnson was one of two women killed in an attack in Lafayette Thursday night. John Russel Houser, 59, stood up about 20 minutes into a movie and fired first at two people sitting in front of him, then aimed his handgun at others, firing at least 13 times, police said Friday. (AP Photo/Denny Culbert)
Melodie McMath looks at flowers at a make-shift memorial outside of the Red Arrow business for the owner Jillian Johnson, a victim of the the movie theater shooting, in Lafayette, La. on Friday, July 24, 2015. Johnson was one of two women killed in an attack in Lafayette on Thursday night. John Russel Houser, 59, stood up about 20 minutes into a movie and fired first at two people sitting in front of him, then aimed his handgun at others, firing at least 13 times, police said Friday. (AP Photo/Denny Culbert)
LAFAYETTE, LA - JULY 24: Detailed view of a makeshift memorial in front of a store owned by one of the victims, Jillian Johnson on July 24, 2015 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Two People were killed and nine others wounded when a shooter identified as John Russell Houser opend fire in a crowded movie theater. Houser reportedly shot himself after police arrived. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
LAFAYETTE, LA - JULY 23: General view of a makeshift memorial in front of a store owned by one of the victims, Jillian Johnson on July 24, 2015 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Two People were killed and nine others wounded when a shooter identified as John Russell Houser opend fire in a crowded movie theater. Houser reportedly shot himself after police arrived. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
LAFAYETTE, LA - JULY 24: 10 year old Mason Matthews leaves a card at a makeshift memorial outside of a store owned by one of the victims, Jillian Johnson on July 24, 2015 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Two People were killed and nine others wounded when a shooter identified as John Russell Houser opend fire in a crowded movie theater. Houser reportedly shot himself after police arrived. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
LAFAYETTE, LA - JULY 24: A makeshift memorial is set up outside of a business owned by Jillian Johnson, a victim of the shooting, on July 24, 2015 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Two people were killed and nine others wounded when a shooter identified as John Russell Houser, 59, opened fire in a movie theatre, killing himself after police arrived. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Outdoor electronic signs in memory of victims are seen July 24, 2015 in Lafayette, Louisiana, following the previous night's deadly shooting. A 'drifter' with anti-government views randomly killed two women in a Louisiana movie theater and then took his own life as police closed in, authorities said. Police said John Houser initially tried to flee after shooting 13 rounds from a single handgun into a crowded cinema in Lafayette, Louisiana Thursday evening. AFP PHOTO/YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)
A man attaches a sign outside The Grand Theatre on July 25, 2015 in memory of victims of a nightly deadly shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana on July 23. According to police investigation reports, the suspect used this door. Police said John Houser initially tried to flee after shooting 13 rounds from a single handgun into a crowded cinema in Lafayette, Louisiana Thursday evening. But he turned around and shot himself dead when he saw police officers rushing towards the sound of gunfire.The troubled 'drifter' who randomly killed two women in the Louisiana movie theater and then took his own life has emerged as an anti-government extremist who owned a legally-purchased firearm. AFP PHOTO/YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)
People light candles during a vigil to remember and honor the victims of a deadly shooting at The Grand 16 theater, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Lafayette, La. John Russell Houser stood up about 20 minutes into Thursday night's showing of "Trainwreck" and fired on the audience with a semi-automatic handgun. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
A candle is held up next to a memorial reef during a vigil to remember and honor the victims of a deadly shooting at The Grand 16 theater, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Lafayette, La. John Russell Houser stood up about 20 minutes into Thursday night's showing of "Trainwreck" and fired on the audience with a semi-automatic handgun. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Tyler Thigpen listens to memories about shooting victim Jillian Johnson during a vigil to remember and honor the victims of a deadly shooting at The Grand 16 theater, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Lafayette, La. John Russell Houser stood up about 20 minutes into Thursday night's showing of "Trainwreck" and fired on the audience with a semi-automatic handgun. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Katie Choate, friend of shooting victim Jillian Johnson, paints a symbol during a prayer flag memorial community event to remember and honor the victims of a deadly shooting at The Grand 16 theatre, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Lafayette, La. John Russell Houser stood up about 20 minutes into Thursday night's showing of "Trainwreck" and fired on the audience with a semi-automatic handgun. With tears in her eyes she talks about how Jillian Johnson was one of the good ones. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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