U.S. federal judge overturns California’s ban on assault weapons

U.S. federal judge overturns California's ban on assault weapons

(Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge overturned California’s 32-year-old ban on assault weapons on Friday, describing it as a “failed experiment” and prompting scathing criticism from the state’s governor and attorney general. Rifles are displayed in the exhibition hall of the "Zastava Arms" weapons factory in the Serbian town of Kragujevac, some 137km (85 miles) from capital Belgrade, May 8, 2013. Now, knocking on the door of the European Union, one industry in Serbia is leading the way where others have been ravaged by a painful transition to capitalism: guns. Serbia is clawing back old markets for its weapons and ammunition in Africa and the Middle East and former arch foe the U.S., which led the 1999 NATO air war against Slobodan Milosevic. In a country of 25 percent unemployment, weapons producers are adding workers year after year with the value of export contracts now pushing $300 million annually, according to state weapons’ exporter Yugoimport-SDPR. Picture taken May 8, 2013. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (SERBIA – Tags: BUSINESS MILITARY) California has prohibited the sale of assault weapons since 1989. The ban was challenged in a 2019 lawsuit against California’s attorney general by plaintiffs including James Miller, a state resident, and the San Diego County Gun Owners, a political action committee. “This case is about what should be a muscular constitutional right and whether a state can force a gun policy choice that impinges on that right with a 30-year-old failed experiment,” judge Roger Benitez of the U.S. District Court for the […]

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