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The ultraliberal haven of California has long marched to the beat of their own drum, and that certainly hasn’t changed in this first half of 2018.

In fact, there is an argument to be made for the idea that California is actually swerving even harder to the left in recent years, given that they are now openly defying the federal government on the subject of immigration with their inexcusable “sanctuary” city stunt.

As all eyes are pinned on the west coast state’s migrant initiatives, liberal lawmakers certainly haven’t forgotten about their hatred of the Second Amendment either.  In a stunning series of maneuvers this week, Californians suffered a massive dose of tyranny, at least in terms of the right to bear arms.

Two new federal court decisions highlight a harsh new reality: California has effectively repealed the Second Amendment inside its borders.

In the first case, decided yesterday, a district judge ruled against the National Rifle Association’s state affiliate in a challenge to onerous new California rules targeting popular semi-automatic rifles. That 2016 law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D), is called the Assault Weapons Control Act.

“Even an outright ban on certain types of semiautomatic weapons does not substantially burden the Second Amendment right,” wrote Judge Josephine Staton, a Barack Obama appointee in Santa Ana, California. Staton suggested that if semiautomatic rifles like the AR-15 were outlawed, California gun owners “would be left with myriad options for self-defense—including the handgun, the ‘quintessential’ self-defense weapon per Heller.” (Heller, is, of course, a reference to the Supreme Court’s D.C. v. Heller case, which dealt with handguns.)

California has been leading the way in this sort of progressive, social justice schtick for decades, but have received quite the unhealthy dose of fervor in the Trump Era.

 

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