A federal judge on Friday overturned California’s long-standing assault weapons ban on constitutional grounds.
US District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego ruled that the 1989 ban on military-style rifles deprives state residents of their right to bear arms.
“Under no level of heightened scrutiny can the law survive,” Benitez said.
“Like the Swiss Army knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment. Good for both home and battle,” the judge said in his ruling’s introduction.
Benitez issued a permanent injunction against enforcement of the law, with a stay of 30 days to give state lawyers time to appeal.
I never expected this. I imagine, though, there’s a good chance this ruling will be overturned by the 9th Circus. More at: