Calif. appeals judge’s ruling that overturned the state’s assault weapons ban

Calif. appeals judge’s ruling that overturned the state’s assault weapons ban

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Attorney General Rob Bonta on Thursday filed an appeal to a federal court decision that overturned the state’s ban on assault weapons, arguing that the law is needed “to protect the safety of Californians.” The appeal seeks to reverse Friday’s decision by U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez, who said the state’s three-decade ban on assault weapons is an unconstitutional infringement on the rights of California gun owners that “has had no effect” on curtailing mass shootings. California Gov. Gavin Newsom joined Mr. Bonta in making the announcement at Zuckerman San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, a leading facility for treating gunshot victims. “California’s assault weapons ban has saved lives, and we refuse to let these weapons of war back onto our streets,” said Mr. Newsom, who was elected on a platform that included expanding gun control laws. “This is a fight California will never back down from, period.” The case has implications for gun laws beyond California. Six other states and the District of Columbia followed California in adopting their own assault weapons bans, and Congress enacted a ban in 1994, although it expired 10 years later. Though other courts have upheld assault weapon bans, supporters of the gun law worry Judge Benitez’s decision is part of a strategy by the gun lobby to get cases to the U.S. Supreme Court, where appointments by former President Donald Trump are seen as more sympathetic to Second Amendment arguments. “A lot is on the line,” Mr. […]

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