For 2nd Amendment proponents in California, owning a so-called “assault weapon” just got easier.
Easier, because it will be legal.
On Friday United States District Court Judge Roger T. Benitez issued an opinion after a trial on the merits in a lawsuit brought by Firearms Policy Coalition, ruling California’s ban unconstitutional and praising the AR-15.
In fact, his decision called it “a perfect combination of a home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment.”
Judge Benitez likened the rifle to “the Swiss Army Knife.”
It’s good, he asserted, “for both home and battle.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who led the infamous Prop 63 gun control measure in 2016 (before he became governor) wasn’t too thrilled with that comparison.
Overturning CA’s assault weapon ban and comparing an AR-15 to a SWISS ARMY KNIFE is a disgusting slap in the face to those who have lost loved ones to gun violence.
This is a direct threat to public safety and innocent Californians. We won’t stand for it. https://t.co/feL5BABTXa
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 5, 2021
The design’s been a favored target of gun control proponents, their fervor perhaps crescendoing with Beto O’Rourke’s bold campaign promise:
Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15.
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 13, 2019
Among some on Beto’s side (including the man himself), it was made clear: Possession of the AR would be 86’d, but America’s hunting rifles would remain legal.
In 2019, FPC developed and filed Miller v. Becerra, a federal Second Amendment challenge to California’s Assault Weapons Control Act (AWCA) ban on common semiautomatic arms with certain characteristics, including those with ammunition magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds. Throughout the lawsuit, FPC argued that the State’s ban prohibits arms that are constitutionally protected, no more lethal than other certain arms that are not banned, and commonly possessed and used for lawful purposes in the vast
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