An American judge on Friday overturned a three-decade ban on assault weapons in California, a decision immediately condemned by the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, in a context of a resurgence of homicides related to firearms in the United States. AFP, taken over by Agerpres.
In a 94-page ruling, Federal Judge Roger T. Benitez described the assault ban (in effect since 1989) as unconstitutional, defending the right of Americans to own semi-automatic rifles.
“Like the Swiss Army knife, the popular AR-15 semi-automatic rifle can serve both to defend the home and the homeland. Weapons and ammunition in the hands of criminals, tyrants and terrorists are dangerous. It is preferable to leave them in the hands of responsible and law-abiding citizens, “he argued.
Benitez said the state of California has 30 days to appeal its decision, which Governor Newson has pledged to challenge, calling it a “direct threat to public safety.” “We will not back down from this fight and we will continue to fight for gun laws that go in the right direction and save lives,” Newson said in a statement.
The ruling comes amid escalating violence in the United States and just over a week after a public transportation company employee killed eight people on the company’s perimeter in California and then committed suicide. A search of the killer’s home this week led to the discovery of 12 firearms, 22,000 cartridges and possible Molotov cocktails.
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