Judge Overturns California Assault Weapons Ban, Comparing AR-15 to Swiss Army Knife

Judge Overturns California Assault Weapons Ban, Comparing AR-15 to Swiss Army Knife

Dordon Brack, pulls a semi-automatic AR-15 off the rack, that is for sale at Good Guys Guns & Range on February 15, 2018 in Orem, Utah. A federal judge overturned California’s ban on assault weapons that has been in place for more than 30 years, declaring that it violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms and amounts to a “failed experiment.” U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez said that the way California has described the military-style rifles that are illegal to own means law-abiding citizens of the state can’t have weapons that most other states allow . The restrictions on the use of the weapons are “hereby declared unconstitutional and shall be enjoined,” Benitez wrote . Although the judge issued a permanent injunction forbidding the law from being enforced, he also granted a 30-day stay of the ruling to allow an appeal. In his ruling, Benitez said modern weapons are used for legal reasons and are a good tool to have. “Like the Swiss Army knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment. Good for both home and battle,” he wrote. Benitez also criticized the news media, saying that it’s their fault assault weapons have a bad reputation. “One is to be forgiven if one is persuaded by news media and others that the nation is awash with murderous AR-15 assault rifles. The facts, however, do not support this hyperbole, and facts matter,” he wrote. “In California, murder by knife […]

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