Newsom bashes federal judge as ‘wholly-owned subsidiary of the gun lobby’

Newsom bashes federal judge as 'wholly-owned subsidiary of the gun lobby'

Newsom bashes federal judge as ‘wholly-owned subsidiary of the gun lobby’ By JEREMY B. WHITE 06/10/2021 03:33 PM EDT Updated 06/10/2021 05:21 PM EDT 2021-06-10T05:21-0400 SAN FRANCISCO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered an extraordinarily fierce rebuke Thursday of the federal judge who struck down California’s assault weapons ban, calling the judge a “wholly-owned subsidiary of the gun lobby and the National Rifle Association." U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez spurred outrage among California leaders in a Friday decision equating AR-15s to "a Swiss Army Knife" and asserting coronavirus vaccines had killed more Californians than mass shootings. Newsom and state Attorney General Rob Bonta condemned those comments as both inaccurate and offensive to gun violence victims and vowed an appeal. Newsom intensified his rhetoric in a Thursday press conference announcing that appeal. Speaking on the rooftop of the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, Newsom called Benitez a "stone-cold ideologue" whose decisions are “press releases on behalf of the gun lobby.” “We need to call this federal judge out,” Newsom said. “He will continue to do damage. Mark my words.” Benitez wrote that California’s prohibition contravenes Second Amendment protections for “guns commonly owned by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes,” arguing that assault weapons should not be treated differently. "This case is not about extraordinary weapons lying at the outer limits of Second Amendment protection,” he wrote. “This is an average case about average guns used in average ways for average purposes.” California Rifle and Pistol Association President C.D. […]

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