A judge overturns California’s assault weapons ban

Los Angeles United States.

An American judge on Friday struck down a gun ban assault in California that had been in effect for three decades, in a decision quickly condemned by the governor of that state, Gavin Newsom, that coincides with a sharp increase in violent acts with firearms in the country.

In a 94-page ruling, the federal judge Roger T Benitez he described California’s ban on assault weapons – in force since 1989 – as unconstitutional and defended the right of Americans to own semi-automatic rifles.

“Like the Swiss army knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and territorial defense equipment,” he wrote.

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“Weapons and ammunition in the hands of criminals, tyrants and terrorists are dangerous; weapons in the hands of responsible citizens who comply with the law are better,” he argued.

Benitez said that the state will have 30 days to appeal the decision, which according to Governor Newson, poses a “direct threat to public safety” and which he will seek to reverse.

The ruling comes at a time when gun violence has increased in the United States, and just a week after a heavily armed transit worker killed eight people and then committed suicide in San Jose, California. .

A search of the shooter’s house – which was set on fire shortly before the attack – found 12 weapons, some 22,000 ammunition and what appeared to be Molotov cocktails.

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Mass shootings they have also recently taken place in Florida, Indiana, Colorado and Georgia. The Supreme Court also plans to examine a lawsuit filed by the arms industry lobby against a New York law that restricts the carrying of weapons outside the home.

This is the first major case in more than a decade in which the country’s highest court will rule on an issue that affects the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which refers to the right to have firearms.

Although the lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic meant a pause in the violence, there was a record of arms sales. In April, President Joe Biden called gun violence in the United States an “epidemic” and “international shame.”

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