On Friday a federal court struck down as unconstitutional a California law limiting gun magazines to 10 rounds. Since thn firearms owners throughout the state have flooded suppliers with purchases.
On-line retailers reacted to the surprising news by resuming sales to California. Rainier Arms has seen a significant uptick in traffic with most sales being for the Magpul Gen2 30 round magazine. This increase in internet transactions has even crashed Rainier Arms payment processing server reported Ammoland.
“We received such an overwhelming surge of sales over the weekend, it actually crashed our merchant services, the website was fine, but our payment services were so overwhelmed it crashed,” said Aristotle Bartolome of Rainier Arms. “With that said, we closed out a very strong weekend, and even with the chaos, we’re currently 48 hours behind on getting all of the weekend orders caught up and adjusting staffing to better support our customers getting their orders quicker.”
Rainier Arms isn’t alone in their increase in sales. Brownells, one of the largest gun retailers on-line, is also reporting an increase in magazines sales to California.
The rush in part is fueled by a desire to “stock up” on magazines before the state can appeal U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez’s decision to the Ninth Circuit Court. The Ninth Circuit Court was notoriously left-leaning but with recent appointments by President Trump it is more evenly balanced creating a greater chance that the ruling will be upheld on appeal.
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