Judge overturns California’s assault weapons ban

Judge overturns California's assault weapons ban
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Daily US Times: A federal judge overturned California’s longtime ban on assault weapons on Friday, a ruling it violates the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.

Since 1989, assault weapons have been banned in California, according to the ruling. Since it was originally passed, the law has been updated several times.

The assault weapons ban deprives Californians from owning assault-style weapons commonly allowed in other states, according to the ruling by US District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego. On Friday, Benitez issued a permanent injunction so the law cannot be enforced.

Benitez said in the ruling: “Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment. Firearms deemed as ‘assault weapons’ are fairly ordinary, popular, modern rifles.”

The judge also criticized the news media in his ruling, writing, “One is to be forgiven if one is persuaded by news media and others that the nation is awash with murderous AR-15 assault rifles. The facts, however, do not support this hyperbole, and facts matter.”

Benitez ruled last year that California’s ban on high-capacity magazines was unconstitutional. He also struck down the state’s restriction on remote purchases of gun ammunition.

California Governor Gavin Newsom criticized the ruling Friday, calling AR-15’s a “weapon of war.”

He said in a statement that the comparison made by the judge between a Swiss Army Knife and the AR-15 “completely undermines the credibility of this decision and is a slap in the face to the families who’ve lost loved ones to this weapon.”

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