A three-decade ban on assault weapons has been lifted, drawing condemnation from the state’s Democratic governor.
A federal judge overturned California’s three-decade ban on assault weapons, ruling it violated the constitutional right to carry a firearm in a blow to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, condemning mando.
U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego ruled that the state’s definition of illegal military-style rifles unlawfully deprives law-abiding Californians of firearms typically allowed by most others. states and the United States Supreme Court.
“Without an elevated level of scrutiny the law can exist,” Benitez said Friday. He issued a permanent injunction against law enforcement but withheld it for 30 days to give state attorney Rob Bonta time to appeal.
Governor Newsom called it “a direct threat to public safety and the lives of innocent Californians, period”.
In his 94-page judgment, the judge selected modern weapons, which are said to be widely used for legal reasons.
“Like the Swiss Army knife, the famous AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment. Good for both home and combat,” the judge said in his introduction. judgment.
That comparison “completely damaged the credibility of this decision and is a slap in the face to families who have lost their loved ones in arms,” Newsom said in a statement.
This decision is a direct threat to public safety and the lives of innocent Californians. Comparing an AR-15 to a Swiss Army Knife is a slap in the face to those who have lost their gun loved ones. We will not back down and we will fight for common sense gun laws. https://t.co/YHaruaxtEX
– California Governor’s Office (@CAgovernor) June 5, 2021
The decision was made because gun violence erupted across the United States – and just over a week after a disgruntled, heavily armed California public transit worker was shot and killed nine people.
A search this week of the shooter’s home – which was on fire before the attack – yielded 12 guns, about 22,000 rounds of ammunition and suspected Molotov cocktails.
There have also been multiple shootings in Florida, Indiana, California, Colorado and Georgia, in the surge in violence that President Joe Biden called an “epidemic”.
The U.S. Supreme Court is also due to hear a challenge backed by the gun lobby on a New York law prohibiting carrying a firearm outside the home.
This is the first major case related to the Second Amendment constitutional right to bear a firearm to be heard by the country’s highest court in more than a decade.
While the coronavirus pandemic has eased workplace violence while more people remain at home, it has also seen a record in gun sales.
In March last year, the number of weekly federal background checks on gun buyers exceeded one million for the first time, The New York Times reported.