California banned the sale of assault weapons in 1989. However, in 2019, activists of the political organization San Diego County Gun Owners decided to challenge this decision in court.
Judge Roger Benitez ruled that the provisions of state law defining assault weapons and restricting their use “are declared unconstitutional.” However, the judge, at the request of State Attorney General Rob Bonta, granted 30 days to appeal.
According to Benitez, the case touches on the constitutional right of citizens and the question of “whether the state can push through a political choice on guns that infringes on this right through a failed 30-year experiment.” “The government has no right to impose its own new policy decisions on American citizens as far as constitutional rights are concerned,” he said.
Governor Gavin Newson strongly criticized the court’s decision.
“Today’s decision is a direct threat to public safety and the lives of innocent California residents… the fact that this judge compared the AR-15-a military weapon that is used on the battlefield-to a Swiss army knife completely undermines the credibility of the decision and is a slap in the face to the families who lost loved ones because of this weapon,” he said in a statement.
The governor said he intends to continue the fight for tougher gun laws. In the United States, the carrying of weapons is guaranteed by the Constitution, but there are a large number of restrictions that vary from state to state and from institution to institution. In some states, guns can be carried openly, in others it is prohibited. Earlier, in the light of the increase in gun violence, US President Joe Biden reiterated the need to tighten the circulation of weapons in the country, in particular, the ban on assault weapons, as well as strengthen checks on the sale of weapons.