UPDATED 12:27 PM PT – Saturday, June 5, 2021
A federal judge has overturned an overreaching gun ban in California. The decision was handed down by U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez on Friday.
Benitez stated that the ban denied residents of their Second Amendment right. In his nine page ruling, he compared an AR-15 rifle to a swiss army knife and described it as a perfect home defense weapon. The judge went on to criticize false narratives presented by the mainstream media by saying, “a Californian is three times more likely to be murdered by an attacker’s bare hands, fists or feet than by his rifle.”
On National Gun Violence Awareness Day, a federal judge in California just ruled that the state’s assault weapons ban is unconstitutional comparing the AR-15 – a weapon capable of causing a massacre in mere seconds – to a Swiss Army knife. pic.twitter.com/AqNtnJrw3A
— Andrew Weinstein (@Weinsteinlaw) June 5, 2021
Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) took to Twitter on Saturday to slam Benitez by claiming this decision is a direct threat to the public safety of California residents. He also mentioned how disrespectful this decision was to families who have lost loved ones to gun violence and vowed to challenge the ruling.
Benitez issued a permanent injunction against enforcement of the law, but issued a 30-day stay to give State Attorney General Rob Bonta time to appeal.