“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 weapons’ are 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
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 a “weapon 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-15
“completely 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.