A federal decide, who compares an AR-15 to a Swiss Army knife, overturns California’s ban on assault weapons
In a ruling comparing the AR-15 to a Swiss Army Knife, a federal judge on Friday lifted California’s longstanding ban on assault weapons and ruled that it violated the Second Amendment’s right to carry weapons.
According to the ruling, assault weapons have been banned in California since 1989. The law has been updated several times since it was passed.
San Diego District Judge Roger Benitez said the ban on assault weapons deprives Californians of the possession of assault weapons that are generally permitted in other states. Benitez issued an injunction on Friday to prevent the law from being enforced.
“Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and home defense equipment,” said Benitez in the decision. “Firearms that are considered ‘assault weapons’ are fairly common, popular, modern rifles.”
AR-15 style weapons were used in mass shootings
In his verdict, the judge also criticized the news media, writing: “One is forgivable if one is persuaded by the news media and others that the nation is being flooded with murderous AR-15 assault rifles. However, the facts do not support this exaggeration, and facts are important. “
However, as CNN previously reported, AR-15-style rifles have been the weapon of choice for numerous mass shooters, including a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, a church massacre in Texas, the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the high school in Parkland, Florida, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Last year, Benitez ruled that California’s ban on high-capacity magazines was unconstitutional. It also lifted government restrictions on the remote purchase of weapons ammunition.
California Governor Gavin Newsom criticized the verdict on Friday, calling the AR-15 a “weapon of war”.
He said in a statement that the judge’s comparison between a Swiss Army Knife and the AR-15 “completely undermines the credibility of this decision and is a slap in the face of families who have lost loved ones to the weapon. ”
Newsom added, “We are not deviating from this fight and will continue to push for sound gun laws that will save lives.”
The judgment and the injunction are suspended for 30 days. During this time, the Attorney General may appeal to the Court of Appeals and request a stay.
California Attorney General Rob Bonta said he would appeal the ruling. “Today’s decision is fundamentally flawed and we will appeal against it,” said Bonta in a press release.
“There is no solid legal, factual or common sense basis to equate assault rifles with Swiss Army knives – especially on Gun Violence Day and after the recent shootings in our own California communities,” the statement said.