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