Meet the federal judge who overturned California’s decades-old assault weapons ban

Meet the federal judge who overturned California's decades-old assault weapons ban

News By Eric Levenson and Josh Campbell, CNN The federal judge who overturned California’s decades-old assault weapons ban last week opened his 94-page ruling with an eye-opening analogy. The federal judge who overturned California’s decades-old assault weapons ban last week opened his 94-page ruling with an eye-opening analogy. "Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment," US District Judge Roger T. Benitez wrote. In another section, he downplayed the risk of an assault rifle being used in a mass shooting as an "infinitesimally rare event." He added: "More people have died from the Covid-19 vaccine than mass shootings in California." Benitez has consistently ruled against California’s gun control laws by using these sorts of attention-grabbing analogies. In a March 2019 ruling against the state’s limits on large-capacity magazines, Benitez opened with the dramatic stories of three women who ran out of ammo while shooting home intruders — none of which took place in California. In a page 5 footnote, he cited Kristallnacht , the 1938 night of anti-Semitic violence in Nazi Germany. So who is the 70-year-old man behind these rulings? For gun rights advocates, Judge Benitez is a proper defender of the importance of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. "Unlike some appellate decisions in this area, Judge Benitez held the government to its burdens of proof, recognized the high hurdles the government must overcome when burdening the right to keep and bear arms, […]

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