Do you need your assault-style rifle to have more than 10 bullets attached to it, at the ready to pierce unsuspecting deer, paper targets and beer cans?

Really? The Los Angeles City Council today dove into a contentious debate and did what congress has been unable to do: It banned 11-round-plus magazines for rifles:

The council today voted 11-0 to enact the ban on possessing such magazines in the city of L.A.

The high capacity mags are already illicit for sale and transfer in California, but if you happen to have them you're okay. Until now.

In the wake of the Newtown massacre late last year Councilman Paul Krekorian proposed the law. He cited the infamous North Hollywood bank shootout of 1997 as an example of magazines gone wild.

Councilman Mitch Englander put it this way today:

It's an issue of an antiquated loophole in which you can possess it,

but you can't manufacture it, you can't sell it, you can't distribute them, but you can own them. It just doesn't make a lot of sense.

What it boils down to is the intent of high-capacity magazines and the destruction they can cause and do cause.

Gun-owners' rights advocates are not happy. The CalGuns Foundation has vowed to sue the city over the ban.

[With reporting from City News Service / @dennisjromero / / @LAWeeklyNews]

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