联邦法官, who compares an AR-15 to a Swiss Army knife, overturns California's ban on assault weapons

In a ruling that compared the AR-15 to a Swiss Army knife, a federal judge overturned California’s longtime ban on assault weapons on Friday, ruling it violates the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.

Assault weapons have been banned in California since 1989, according to the ruling. The law has been updated several times since it was originally passed.
      According to the ruling by U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego, the assault weapons ban deprives Californians from owning assault-style weapons commonly allowed in other states. Benitez issued a permanent injunction Friday so the law cannot be enforced.
        Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment,” Benitez said in the ruling. “Firearms deemed as ‘assault weaponsare fairly ordinary, popular, modern rifles.

          AR-15 has been used in many mass shootings

          In his ruling, the judge also criticized the news media, 写作, “One is to be forgiven if one is persuaded by news media and others that the nation is awash with murderous AR-15 assault rifles. The facts, 然而, do not support this hyperbole, and facts matter.
          然而, as CNN has previously reported, AR-15 style rifles have been the weapon of choice for numerous mass shooters, including in a movie theater in Aurora, 科罗拉多州, 的 生命之树会堂 in Pittsburgh, the Route 91 Harvest musical festival 在拉斯维加斯, a massacre at a church in Texas, 的 Pulse nightclub in Orlando, 的 high school in Parkland, 佛罗里达, 和 Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, 除其他外.
          去年, Benitez ruled California’s ban on high-capacity magazines was unconstitutional. He also struck down the state’s restriction on remote purchases of gun ammunition.
          加州政府. Gavin Newsom criticized the ruling Friday, calling AR-15’s aweapon of war.
          他说 在一份声明中 that the comparison made by the judge between a Swiss Army Knife and the AR-15completely undermines the credibility of this decision and is a slap in the face to the families who’ve lost loved ones to this weapon.
          Newsom added: “We’re not backing down from this fight, and we’ll continue pushing for common sense gun laws that will save lives.
          The ruling and injunction are stayed for 30 天, during which time the Attorney General may appeal and seek a stay from the Court of Appeals.
            California Attorney General Rob Bonta said he will be appealing the ruling. “Today’s decision is fundamentally flawed, and we will be appealing it,” 善良 在新闻稿中说.
            There is no sound basis in law, fact, or common sense for equating assault rifles with swiss army knives — especially on Gun Violence Awareness Day and after the recent shootings in our own California communities,” his statement said.

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