Judge Overturns California Assault Weapons Ban
A federal pro-gun rights judge overturned California’s 30-year assault weapons ban calling it a “failed experiment” and stating that the ban is a violation of the Second Amendment. He then compared an AR-15 to a Swiss Army knife as popular and a perfect weapon for home or homeland defense. The judge was appointed by George W. Bush. His ruling was issued on Gun Violence Awareness day, so we suspect he wasn’t wearing orange.
A Duke University law professor noted that the Las Vegas shooter “didn’t use knives to rain down fire on a concert.” Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was shot and killed in the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, denounced the judge’s ruling stating “My daughter’s in a cemetery … because a Swiss Army knife was not used. Because it was an AR-15. If a Swiss Army knife was used, my daughter and most of the other kids and adults would be alive today.”
California will be appealing the decision. Excellent articles were in the Washington Post and the New York Times. These may be behind paywalls.