Mar 30, 2019

Federal judge rules against high-capacity gun magazine ban in California

California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A federal judge ruled on Friday against a California gun control bill that would have banned the possession of magazines holding more than 10 bullets, USA Today reports.

The big picture: The ban, supported by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, was introduced in a state with some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the country. California law has prohibited buying or selling the magazines in question since 2000, but they could be kept by those who already owned them, per USA Today. Newsom called for "even tougher" laws last year following the fatal Thousand Oaks shooting.

In a statement obtained by USA Today, Newsom criticized the judge’s ruling:

“This District Court Judge’s failure to uphold a ban on high-capacity magazines is indefensible, dangerous for our communities and contradicts well-established case law. I strongly disagree with the court’s assessment that ‘the problem of mass shootings is very small.’ Our commitment to public safety and defending common sense gun safety laws remains steadfast.”

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What to watch in tonight's Democratic debate

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Colorado. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Bernie Sanders is now the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his opponents are ready to try to knock him down at tonight's debate in Charleston, South Carolina — especially Michael Bloomberg, who was the punching bag at the Las Vegas debate.

Why it matters: This is the last debate before Super Tuesday, when Sanders is expected to win California and Texas and could secure an insurmountable lead for the Democratic nomination. That's a direct threat to the entire field, but especially to Bloomberg, who skipped the early states to focus on the March 3 contests.

Bob Iger to step down as CEO of Disney

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The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had named longtime Disney executive Bob Chapek as CEO Bob Iger's successor, effectively immediately. Iger will remain executive chairman of the company through 2021.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully turned around Disney’s animation and studio businesses and with the strategic acquisition of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, he was the person behind Disney's successful launch of its Netflix rival Disney+.

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