California to appeal judge’s ruling that overturned state’s ban on assault weapons


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US District Judge Roger Benitez on Friday, California blocked from enforcing the ban because it violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms and deprives Californians of possession of assault-style weapons commonly allowed in other states. He granted a 30-day stay on the warrant.
In a press conference announced on Thursday that a appeal has been filed, Bonta, a Democrat, called the judge’s opinion “disturbing and disturbing and of great concern.”

“We cannot be and we are not deterred by this statement,” he said.

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Bonta said his office will ask the appeals court to suspend the court’s ruling, extending the 30-day stay and keeping the laws in effect during the appeals process.


In his statement, Benitez compared the AR-15 to a Swiss Army knife, arguing that both are a “perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment.” His comparison drew criticism from California Democrats and gun safety activists, while gun rights advocates celebrated the ruling and said they would continue their challenge to the Ninth Circuit — and the Supreme Court if necessary.

The judge’s ruling came in Miller v Bonta, a 2019 lawsuit from California residents, San Diego County Gun Owners PAC, and other gun rights advocacy groups.

California became the first state to ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons in 1989, following a shooting at a Stockton primary school that killed five children.

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