California appeals to ruling on assault weapons ban
California is appealing a federal judge's decision to lift the state's decade-long ban on assault weapons.
When US District Judge Roger Benitez lifted the ban last week, he called it "a failed experiment" and argued that it violated the second amendment's right to bear arms.
California Governor Gavin Newsom called the decision on Thursday flawed and said he was confident it would be overturned.
“Aurora, Boulder, is it Sandy Hook, is it parkland? Is it Sutherland Springs, is it San Bernardino, is it Poway, you have ten minutes left. I could go on and on with this damn list. What the fuck is wrong with us? We are better than that. And this state will continue to fight and continue to lead. "
The judge's verdict was linked to a 30-day suspension, so the ban remained in place for the time being.
The state will ask the court to suspend the judgment during the appeal.
California became the first state to ban assault weapons in 1989 after a school shootout that killed five children.
Six other states and D.C. have a ban on assault weapons, according to the gun safety group Giffords.
A state ban on assault weapons expired in 2004, and Congress did not re-approve the law in the face of Republican opposition.
Guns are a hot topic in the US, which has the highest gun ownership of any country.
There were over 250 mass shootings this year in the United States alone.
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