The ruling overturning California’s assault weapon ban was nutty. But it may be on solid legal ground

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*This commentary by left-wing, LA Times Columnist George Skelton is worth a read.

*This commentary by left-wing, LA Times Columnist George Skelton is worth a read.

(LA TIMES) – Gov. Gavin Newsom thinks the federal judge who tossed out California’s assault weapons ban is “a wholly owned subsidiary of the gun lobby and the National Rifle Assn.”
Last year, the same judge blocked California’s attempt to require background checks for ammunition buyers.

The fact that San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez chose National Gun Violence Awareness Day to release his latest pro-gun ruling “says everything about his character,” the governor asserted last week at a San Francisco news conference as state Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta served notice he’s appealing the case.

“Shameful. Shameful in every way, shape or form.” OK. Those are harsh words — unusually strong by a governor attacking a judge. They vented steam and pleased gun control advocates at a time when Newsom is trying to shore up his liberal base to fend off a conservative-led recall attempt.

But the tough rhetoric is essentially powerless.

The judge’s written opinion, although it began with a nutty comparison of a Swiss Army knife to an AR-15 assault rifle, may be on solid ground concerning a basic point: that what we call assault weapons have become so commonplace they now are protected by the 2nd Amendment.

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