A recent ruling by U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez in the case of Miller v. Bonta, has found California’s Assault Weapons Control Act of 1989 to be a violation of the Second Amendment and therefore unconstitutional.
The decision has been praised by pro-second amendment groups but opposed by California State Attorney General Rob Bonta and Governor Gavin Newsom.
Reuters’ Nate Raymond stated, “Benitez issued an injunction blocking the law, but put that on hold for 10 days so the state could appeal…Benitez in his decision wrote that there were ‘no founding era dead ringers or historical twins’ for California’s assault weapons ban, and that the state could point to no historical laws before it adopted its ban that restricted rifles as they advanced technologically.”
🚨 ICYMI: FPC WINS 🚨
The District Court in our Miller v. Bonta California “Assault Weapon” Ban Lawsuit has STRUCK DOWN the ban.
California has since filed a Notice of Appeal, and we’re now one step closer to SCOTUS.
The District Court’s order is on hold for ten days. pic.twitter.com/hm22R0yf9U
— Firearms Policy Coalition (@gunpolicy) October 19, 2023
California State Attorney General Rob Bonta called the decision “dangerous and misguided,” saying that “weapons of war have no place on California’s streets.”
“We are pleased with the Court’s decision and are proud to have vindicated the rights of millions of Californians,” SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb stated.
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