AG contests assigning new gun law case to same federal court judge

AG contests assigning new gun law case to same federal court judge

State lawyers opposed assigning the lawsuit, filed by more than a dozen individuals and groups to U.S. District Court Judge Roger Benitez Lawyers for Attorney General Xavier Becerra, facing another lawsuit from gun rights groups in San Diego federal court over firearms laws, are formally objecting to the case being heard by the same judge who twice before struck down state gun regulations. In a document filed on Thursday, state lawyers opposed assigning the lawsuit to U.S. District Court Judge Roger Benitez. The suit was filed by more than a dozen individuals and groups including the San Diego County Gun Owners PAC, Firearms Policy Coalition, and the Second Amendment Foundation. Benitez has issued rulings striking down the laws banning high capacity ammunition magazines and requiring background checks for people buying ammunition in the past two years. He is also now hearing two other cases from Second Amendment advocates, one dealing with the state’s assault weapons regulatory scheme and another on the ban on billy clubs and blackjacks. The latest suit challenges a new law that made changes to the state’s roster of approved handguns allowed for sale, also known as the Safe Handguns Roster. Those changes are set to go into effect in January. The suit contends that the law violates the Second Amendment of the federal constitution by infringing on the rights of state residents to purchase and keep firearms. While cases are randomly assigned to federal court judges, under a local court rule so-called “related cases” can […]

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