(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – The liberal enemies of Americans’ Second Amendment rights just suffered a devastating and humiliating defeat after a federal judge blocked California’s 30-year-old ban on “assault weapons,” declaring the ban too extreme and lacking any grounds in historical precedent.
In a ruling on Thursday, US District Judge Roger Benitez, an appointee of former President George W. Bush appointee, put on hold a law in the Democrat-run state prohibiting certain types of semiautomatic weapons.
The ban, which dates back to 1989, was enacted after the tragic Stockton school shooting, in which a 24-year-old gunman killed five and injured 32 others.
In his “Miller v. Bonta” ruling, Judge Benitez stated that America’s history firmly supports “a citizen’s enduring right to keep and bear common arms like rifles, shotguns, and pistols.”
He emphasized that laws shouldn’t restrict firearms merely based on their appearance or specific features.
The judge delayed the implementation of his decision for ten days, allowing California Attorney General (AG) Rob Bonta time to appeal if he decides to do so.
“[American tradition] is rich and deep in protecting a citizen’s enduring right to keep and bear common arms like rifles, shotguns, and pistols,” without account for “looks or attributes,” Benitez wrote.
He argued that rifles that are forbidden in California are “virtually the same” as the legal ones, Breitbart News reports.
“This case is about California laws that, in contrast to these constitutional principles, make it a crime to acquire and possess many common modern semiautomatic firearms,” the judge declared.
“Modern semiautomatic rifles like the AR-15 platform rifle are widely owned by law-abiding citizens across the nation. Other than their looks (the State calls them ‘features’ or ‘accessories’) these prohibited rifles are virtually the same as other lawfully possessed rifles,” he elaborated.
The Caller notes that this isn’t the first time Judge Benitez has taken a stance on gun regulations.
In September, he ruled against a California law that prohibited gun magazines with a capacity of more than ten rounds, claiming it violated the Second Amendment.
California’s Attorney General Rob Bonta issued a statement blasting the judge’s ruling.
“Once again, this district court issued a dangerous and misguided decision and I will work vigorously to reverse it on appeal,” the state AG wrote.