For three decades, the arms embargo was lifted, condemning the state’s Democratic governor.
A federal judge has overturned California’s three-year ban on guns, ruling that it violates the constitutional right to bear arms by striking down Democratic Gov. Gin Newsom, who condemned the order.
San Diego U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez has ruled that the state’s illegal use of illegal firearms deprives law-abiding Californians of weapons that are commonly permitted in most other states by the U.S. Supreme Court.
“The law can not survive at any level of tight control,” Benitez said on Friday. He issued a permanent decree against law enforcement, but had 30 days left to give Attorney General Rob Bonta time to appeal.
Governor Newsom called it an “imminent threat to the public safety of innocent California residents.”
In his 94-page decision, the judge spoke favorably of modern weapons, saying that the vast majority of them were used for legal reasons.
“Both the Swiss Army knife and the popular AR-15 rifle are the perfect combination of home defense weapons and homeland defense equipment. “It is good both for the house and for the fights,” the judge said in the introduction to his decision.
The comparison “completely undermines the credibility of this decision; it is a slap in the face to families who have lost loved ones to these weapons,” Newsom said in a statement.
This decision is a direct threat to public safety and the lives of innocent Californians. Comparing the AR-15 to a Swiss Army knife is a slap in the face to those who have lost loved ones to guns. We will not back down, we will fight for the laws of common sense of arms. https://t.co/YHaruaxtEX:
– California Governor’s Office (@CAgovernor) June 5, 2021
The decision comes as gun violence erupted in the United States, with a “disgruntled, heavily armed California public transit worker firing” and killing nine people in just one week.
A search of the shooter’s home this week, which erupted just before the attack, revealed 12 weapons, about 22,000 bullets and suspicious Molotov cocktails.
Mass shootings also took place in Florida, Indiana, California, Colorado and Georgia, in a wave of violence that President Biden called an “epidemic.”
The U.S. Supreme Court must also consider the challenge posed by the New York Law Firm, which restricts the carrying of firearms outside the home.
It will be the first major case involving the Second Amendment to the right to bear arms to be heard by the nation’s highest court in more than a decade.
Although the coronavirus epidemic slowed down violence in the workplace as more people stayed home, it also recorded record arms sales.
In March of last year, the number of weekly federal inspections of arms buyers exceeded one million for the first time, according to The New York Times.