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AG Bonta, Newsom Announce Appeal To Ruling On State’s Assault Weapon Ban

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Len Kiese reports on Gov. Newsom and California Attorney General Bonta announcing appeal of judge's ruling on state assault weapons ban (6-10-2021)

Video Transcript

LEN KIESE: New at Noon, fighting back on a decision to overturn California's ban on assault weapons. New moves by the Governor and the state's top cop. They were bold in slamming the judge who struck down a 30-year-old gun law last week.

They say the law has been protecting and saving lives. In fact, they've officially appealed that ruling. The ruling came from a San Diego federal judge last Friday, where he overturned the 1989 ban on assault weapons in California. The judge said the state's definition of illegal military style rifles unlawfully strips law abiding Californians, of what are commonly used in other states. Let's listen to that soundbite now.

ANDRE CAMPBELL: To equate an assault weapon to pocket knife is totally wrong. There is no comparison. As a health care provider on the front lines of trauma care for over two decades here, the extent of injuries of one does not equal the other.

GAVIN NEWSOM: This has always been a bipartisan issue, protecting your kids, our families, our community, our folks that wax on about public safety, and they sit back passively and say nothing about this outrageous decision. Shame on them, what frauds they are, frauds. They're not serious about violence if they're not serious about gun violence.

LEN KIESE: State leaders slammed the judge's decision, but there are many gun owners who are praising the ruling. The Governor's Office says the state will continue being committed to gun safety laws and doing what it can to protect people from gun violence.