Attorney General Bonta Responds to Court Decision in Miller v. Bonta

Friday, June 4, 2021
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OAKLAND ­– California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued the following statement on today’s decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in Miller v. Bonta declaring California's assault weapons laws unconstitutional:

“Today’s decision is fundamentally flawed, and we will be appealing it. There is no sound basis in law, fact, or common sense for equating assault rifles with swiss army knives — especially on Gun Violence Awareness Day and after the recent shootings in our own California communities. We need to take action to end gun violence now. We will fight this ruling and continue to advocate for and defend common sense gun laws that will save lives.”

This decision is stayed for 30 days, and the California laws that are the subject of the ruling currently remain in full force and effect. 

A copy of the decision can be found here.

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