RBG’s failure to retire strategically will have a lot of grim consequences, and this is one of them:
A federal judge Friday overturned California’s three-decade-old ban on assault weapons, ruling that it violates the constitutional right to bear arms.
U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego ruled that the state’s definition of illegal military-style rifles unlawfully deprives law-abiding Californians of weapons commonly allowed in most other states and by the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Under no level of heightened scrutiny can the law survive,” Benitez said. He issued a permanent injunction against enforcement of the law but stayed it for 30 days to give state Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta time to appeal.
Bonta promised an appeal in a statement Friday night, calling the ruling “fundamentally flawed” and noting that the judge’s decision to delay implementation means that the state’s existing laws “remain in full force and effect.”
Gov. Gavin Newsom condemned the decision, calling it “a direct threat to public safety and the lives of innocent Californians, period.”
In his 94-page ruling, the judge spoke favorably of modern weapons and said they were overwhelmingly used for legal reasons.
“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 judge said in his ruling’s introduction.
liKe THe SWIsS ArmY KNife.
As to whether this Federalist op-ed will be upheld by the Supreme Court, I have bad news.