US judge overturns California assault weapons ban

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Los Angeles (AFP) – A US judge overturned California’s three-decade-old ban on assault weapons Friday in a move swiftly condemned by the state’s governor Gavin Newsom as gun-related homicides surge across America. In a 94-page decision, federal Judge Roger T Benitez described California’s assault weapons ban — in place in 1989 — as unconstitutional¬†and defended the right of Americans to own semi-automatic rifles. “Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment,” he wrote. “Guns and ammunition in the hands of c…

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