But this week, Sunnyvale joined a small number of cities and states that can lock up gun owners like Fyock unless they give up something from their gun chests -- magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
Sunnyvale's gun-control measure, which 67 percent of voters approved in November, so far has survived a series of legal challenges seeking to keep it from taking effect. As of midnight Thursday, anyone who possessed a magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds was committing a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, six months in jail or both.
Sunnyvale police say nobody has showed up at the city's Department of Public Safety to turn over their magazines. Owners had the choice of allowing police to destroy the magazines, sell them out of state or to a licensed gun dealer, or move them out of town. Fyock, a plaintiff in the National Rifle Association lawsuit challenging the law, chose the latter.
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Law makers sure are dumb.