"AR-15 is no more dangerous than a Swiss army knife": the court in California overturned the ban on assault weapons
In the US state of California, a court has overturned a long-standing ban on assault rifle weapon... We are talking about assault rifles, which were forbidden to buy and store by civilians on the basis of a decree from 1989.
San Diego District Judge Roger Benitez has passed a new ruling, which states that the prohibition of assault weapons violates a letter of the Second Amendment (US Constitution). This amendment, which entered into force in December 1791, guarantees the right of American citizens to possess and carry weapons.
Roger Benitez said in a statement that the document, in force since 1989, deprived Californians of the right to own assault firearms and placed them in unequal rights with residents of other American states. It was ruled by the San Diego District Court as "a discriminatory measure in violation of US Basic Law."
The new ruling states that the popular US AR-15 semi-automatic rifle is "an ideal weapon for defense." The American press notes that the Californian decree compares the AR-15 in this regard with a Swiss army knife.
Roger Benitez cites FBI data that in 2019, pistols were used the most for committing crimes in the state:
Judge Benitez's statements were criticized by California Governor Gavin Newsom. According to him, the state authorities will appeal the decision of the District Court of San Diego.
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