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Huge Win For Constitutional Conservatives – California ‘Assault Weapons” Ban Struck Down

In a case that is most certainly headed for the Supreme Court, constitutional conservatives,

gun owners and liberty-lovers won a significant court ruling in the case of Miller v. Bonta, which challenged the constitutionality of California’s ban on so-called “assault weapons,” with U.S. District Court Judge Roger T. Benitez declaring the state’s statutes regarding such firearms to be unconstitutional.


As the New York Times reported, Judge Benitez wrote that the case was about “what should be a muscular constitutional right and whether a state can force a gun policy choice that impinges on that right with a 30-year-old failed experiment.”

“It should be an easy question and answer,” Judge Benitez, who was nominated by former President George W. Bush, continued. “Government is not free to impose its own new policy choices on American citizens where constitutional rights are concerned.”

The judge wrote that the firearms banned under the state’s law were not “bazookas, howitzers or machine guns,” but rather “fairly ordinary, popular, modern rifles.”

The Second Amendment Foundation was joined in this action by the Firearms Policy Coalition, California Gun Rights Foundation, San Diego County Gun Owners PAC, Poway Weapons and Gear, Gunfighter Tactical, LLC, and several private citizens including James Miller, for whom the case is named.


“In his 94-page ruling, Judge Benitez has shredded California gun control laws regarding modern semi-automatic rifles,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “It is clear the judge did his homework on this ruling, and we are delighted with the outcome.”


In his opening paragraph, Judge Benitez observes, “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 AR-15 is the kind of versatile gun that lies at the intersection of the kinds of firearms protected under District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) and United States v Miller, 307 U.S. 174 (1939). Yet, the State of California makes it a crime to have an AR- 15 type rifle. Therefore, this Court declares the California statutes to be unconstitutional.”


Later in the ruling, Judge Benitez observes, “The Second Amendment protects modern weapons.” A few pages later, he adds, “Modern rifles are popular. Modern rifles are legal to build, buy, and own under federal law and the and the laws of 45 states.” Perhaps most importantly, the judge notes that California’s ban on such firearms “has had no effect” on shootings in the state. “California’s experiment is a failure,” Judge Benitez says.


“There is not much wiggle room in the judge’s decision,” Gottlieb stated. “Today’s ruling is one more step in SAF’s mission to win back firearms freedom one lawsuit at a time.”


Brandon Combs, the president of the Firearms Policy Coalition, a group in Sacramento that helped bring the lawsuit to court, said in a statement that the ruling “held what millions of Americans already know to be true: Bans on so-called ‘assault weapons’ are unconstitutional and cannot stand.”


Judge Benitez stayed his order for 30-days to allow the state of California to appeal, which means the case is almost certainly headed for the Supreme Court.


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I'm struck by the seeming requirement to always point out which president nominated the judge. That it matters is unfortunate but necessary, I guess.

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Good point but I am more struck that within the general population, this is seen as a Left/Right issue, which it very much is not! This is clearly a issue of freedom and liberty, not Left, not Right, all should be concerned with preserving both, which can only be done by defending both.

It is simple, the defenseless are such because they have no means to defend, which is exactly what some in DC want, as they intend to rule subjects, not serve citizens!

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Jay Robison
Jay Robison
07. 6. 2021

What the anti-gunners don't get is that there is really no identifiable thing called an "assault weapon" because nearly anything that can be used to assault another, from a hat pin to a motor vehicle... and more, can be classified as such when used as a weapon. It is purely a political construct of radical leftists intent on disarming law-abiding, American citizens by instilling fear into their anti-firearm narrative, just the same as they've done with the Coronavirus/Covid19 issue.

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Thanks, you know the more I think about it, the more I feel hat the government should issue an M-4 to every citizen upon turning 18 years old, after a training period, as such would best assure that our government would fear We the People and not the other way around.

The facts are clear, BEWARE any government that seeks to disarm the citizens, as said government intends to act in a manner for which the citizens would take up arms against them! A fact proven time and time again in history!

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David Giles
David Giles
07. 6. 2021

Let's not forget the City of Chicago.

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A good start, to be considered a win but a baby step, as this can be only the start. No more do we act only in defense, fighting our own government to maintain our God given, unalienable Rights! We need to go on the offensive, attack any infringement already in place, as many states have already gone to far!

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