US judge lifts California ban on assault weapons
The court decision has been labelled a “direct threat to public safety” as the country faces an epidemic of gun violence.
AFP, The Sun
VideoImageCypress College Political Science Professor Peter Mathews says the amount of people who have been killed in America through gun violence is “staggering”.
Cypress College Political Science Professor Peter Mathews says the amount of people who have been killed in America through gun violence is “staggering”.
A US judge has overturned California’s three decade old ban on assault weapons on Friday in a move swiftly condemned by the state’s governor Gavin Newson as gun related homicides surge across America.
In a 94 page decision, federal Judge Roger T Benitez described California assault weapons ban in place in 1989 as unconstitutional and defended the right of Americans to own semiautomatic rifles.
the Swiss Army knife, the popular AR 15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment, he wrote.
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California Governor Gavin Newson.
Mr Benitez said he would give the state 30 days to appeal the decision, which Governor Newson said posed a threat to public safety and which he vowed to challenge.
not backing down from this fight, and we continue pushing for common sense gun laws that will save lives, he said in a statement.
The decision comes as gun violence surges across the United States and just over a week after a disgruntled, heavily armed California public transit worker shot and killed nine people.
A search this week of the shooter home which was set ablaze shortly before the attack turned up 12 guns, around 22,000 rounds of ammunition and suspected Molotov cocktails.
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Pro gun supporters, carrying assault rifles, cook hot dogs during a gun rights rally outside the Virginia State Capitol last year.
It will be the first major case involving the Second Amendment constitutional right to bear arms heard by the nation highest court in more than a decade.
This decision is a direct threat to public safety the lives of innocent Californians. Comparing an AR 15 to a Swiss Army Knife is a slap in the face to those who lost loved ones to guns. We won’t back down we will fight for common sense gun laws.
In March last year, the number of weekly federal background checks on gun buyers surpassed one million for the first time, The New York Times reported
California first placed restrictions on assault weapons back in 1989, adding a variety of updates to the law since then.
The state attorney general office argued that by legal definition, assault weapons are more dangerous than other firearms and are chosen when criminals commit crimes, mass shootings and attack law enforcement.
They also result in greater casualties.
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proven the state preservation of public safety.
The argument against also cites the sales of more than one million other types of pistols, rifles and shotguns in the last year where more than a third of them were likely bought by first time buyers.