Federal judge rules California’s 1989 ‘assault weapons’ ban is unconstitutional

Federal judge rules California’s 1989 ‘assault weapons’ ban is unconstitutional

[Ed. – Judge Benitez was appointed in 2004 by George W. Bush.]

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez ruled that California’s 1989 ban on assault weapons was unconstitutional, as it violated the Second Amendment.

The part of Judge Benitez’s 94-page ruling which has really made headlines came from his introduction. “Like the Swiss Army knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment. Good for both home and battle,” he said. …

Rob Bonta, the state’s attorney general, has vowed to appeal the ruling.

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Although Judge Benitez issued a permanent injunction, saying “Under no level of heightened scrutiny can the law survive,” he stayed it for 30 days to allow for Bonta to appeal, as Don Thompson with AP reported.

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