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Judge Who Nixed California Assault Weapons Ban Is a Second Amendment Champion


A senior federal judge in California overturned the state’s longtime ban on assault weapons Friday, likening an AR-15 to a Swiss Army Knife in his ruling.

“Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment,” wrote Roger Benitez.

It was far from the first time Roger Benitez took an expansive definition of the Second Amendment. In fact, he has sided with gun rights advocates so often that some activists believe such groups are deliberately steering their cases to him. He has repeatedly ruled against California’s gun laws, to the delight of gun rights advocates and the frustration of officials and gun control groups. Fox News dubbed him a “Pro-Second Amendment Judge” in an October 2020 headline.

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