LA Legalizes Ultra-Compact Handguns

Aug 30, 2017

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to end the city’s ban on “ultra-compact” handguns. Under the ban, firearms dealers could not sell guns smaller than 6.75 inches in length and 4.5 inches in height. Dealers also could not sell holsters for such firearms. The ban was pushed because the compact guns were “the weapons of choice for criminals.” Gun rights groups said that the ban made it more difficult for “women, handicapped individuals, and other vulnerable citizens to get the guns they could use efficiently for self-defense.” Gun rights attorneys sent a demand letter to the City “pointing out that the ordinance was preempted because it conflicted with the state law regulating what handguns can be sold, and was therefore invalid.” Although the city of Los Angeles sought delaying tactics, gun rights attorneys “pushed the City attorney’s office until the City finally repealed the ordinance.”