California officials said on Thursday that the state has appealed a federal judge 's decision to overturn its three-decade-old ban on assault weapons , saying the law is needed to prevent gun deaths.
The appeal challenges last week 's decision by district judge amAmerican Roger Benitez of San Diego that the law unlawfully violates the United States Second Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees the right of citizens to bear arms. en read more
Governor Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Rob Bonta said at a press conference outside of 'a San Francisco hospital that they were convinced the decision was wrong and would ultimately be overturned.
"We are better than this " said a visibly frustrated Newsom, who also sharply criticized the judge.
The state will ask the appeals court to stay the judgment during the call; Benitez suspended his ordinance for 30 days, leaving the law in place for now.
La CaCalifornia became the first state to ban assault weapons in 1989 in the aftermath of a school shooting that killed five children. Six other states and the District of Columbia have an assault gun ban in place, according to gun safety group Giffords.
A federal assault weapons ban expired in 2004, and Congress failed to re-authorize the law in the face of Republican opposition.
Guns are a politically sensitive issue in the United States, which has the highest rate of gun ownership in any country, as well as a higher incidence of gun violence than in other rich countries.
Two weeks ago, a gunman opened fire on a San Jose rail yard, killing nine people, in a wave of my ss shootings in Indiana, Colorado, and Georgia, among other states.
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