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|June 17, 2021|
California follows through on appeal of assault weapons ruling
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) - California is moving ahead on its announced intention to appeal a recent decision by a federal judge which declared California's assault weapons laws unconstitutional.
Attorney General Rob Bonta and Governor Gavin Newsom will also ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to stay the district court’s ruling, which would extend the current 30-day stay of the decision and leave the laws in effect throughout the appeal process.
“Equating firearms that have been used in many of the deadliest mass shootings in this country with Swiss Army knives has no basis in law or fact,” said Attorney General Bonta. “The ban on assault weapons will not put an end to all gun violence, but it is one important tool the state has to protect the safety of Californians while also respecting the rights of law-abiding residents who choose to possess firearms. We have appealed the district court’s ruling and will continue our defense of the state’s commonsense gun laws.”
“California’s assault weapons ban has saved lives, and we refuse to let these weapons of war back onto our streets,” said Governor Newsom.
Story Date: June 10, 2021