State appealing ruling that overturned assault weapons ban

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UPDATE (10:17 a.m.): Attorney General Rob Bonta announced that the state is appealing Friday’s ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California overturning California’s assault weapons ban.

Bonta said he will also ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to stay the district court’s ruling, which would extend the current 30-day stay of the decision and leave the laws in effect throughout the appeal process.

“Equating firearms that have been used in many of the deadliest mass shootings in this country with Swiss Army knives has no basis in law or fact,” Bonta said. “The ban on assault weapons will not put an end to all gun violence, but it is one important tool the state has to protect the safety of Californians while also respecting the rights of law-abiding residents who choose to possess firearms. We have appealed the district court’s ruling and will continue our defense of the state’s common-sense gun laws.”

SAN FRANCISCO (KGET) – State officials will be holding a joint press conference today at 10 a.m. in San Francisco to announce action in the California assault weapons ban case Miller v. Bonta.

Attorney General Rob Bonta, Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Giffords Law Center will participate in the press conference.

The briefing comes after a federal judge recently overturned California’s three-decade-old ban on assault weapons, calling it a “failed experiment” that violates people’s constitutional right to bear arms.

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