Judge Rules to End California Ban on Assault Weapons, Compares AR-15 Rifle With Swiss Army Knife

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The problem of gun control in the US comes up again in a seemingly endless stream of deadly mass shootings. In March, following the killing of 10 people in Boulder, Colorado, US President Joe Biden urged Congress to push for restrictions on assault weapons.

A California court on Friday overturned the state’s 32-year ban on assault weapons, sparking anger among officials and gun safety activists, according to the Associated Press.

US District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego called previous gun restrictions on assault weapons “unconstitutional” as citizens were using them in lawfully.

Benitez stated that “the banned ‘assault weapons’ are not bazookas, howitzers, or machine guns” which are “dangerous and solely useful for military purposes,” while assault weapons are “fairly ordinary, popular, modern.” According to the court, there are 185,569 assault weapons registered in California alone, acquired or inherited before the restriction was introduced in 1989.

The judge granted a 30 day leave to appeal following a request from California Attorney General Rob Bonta, who called the ruling “fundamentally flawed.”

State Governor Gavin Newsom criticized the ruling, stating that it was a “direct threat to public safety and the lives of innocent Californians.” He also slammed the pocket knife comparison, saying it “is a slap in the face to the families who’ve lost loved ones to this weapon.”

The ruling, which came on National Gun…

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