Assault Weapons Ruling Prompts Outrage

Families of mass shooting victims, gun control advocates and California officials condemned a federal judge’s decision to overturn California’s 30-year-old ban on assault weapons, largely because of the manner in which he justified his ruling.

In declaring the ban unconstitutional late Friday, U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez compared the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle to a Swiss Army knife, calling it “good for both home and battle.”

Benitez, who was nominated by former President George W. Bush and serves in the Southern District of California, issued a permanent injunction against the law’s enforcement but stayed it for 30 days to give the state a chance to appeal.

California is one of seven states, plus Washington, D.C., that ban assault weapons, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

In his 94-page ruling, Benitez wrote that it was unlawful for California to prohibit its citizens from possessing weapons permitted in most other states and allowed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Advocates for the right to bear arms hailed the ruling. …

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  1. democrats hate the Constitution.

  2. Yesterday in China some loony stabbed 5 people to death on the street. He also severely injured several others. It was later determined that the knife he used was an ” assault knife “.

  3. Really??? says

    Under the previous ban on “assault” weapons going back a decade or so there was a fellow who killed 11 of his closest family members. He took a butcher knife from the kitchen.

    Just one example of why a motivated idiot cannot be stopped.

    Car sure. Open gas line why not Accident in the pool, that works.

    Then how about diesel fuel and certain additives.

    Getting the idea. It is government wonks that want to take them.

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