DA O’MALLEY RESPONDS TO THE RECENT OVERTURNING OF ASSAULT WEAPONS IN CALIFORNIA BY A FEDERAL JUDGE

A federal judge’s recent decision to overturn California’s long-standing ban on assault weapons overturns not only years of state law, but undermines the awareness that assault weapons are used in mass shootings, and not for hunting or personal safety.

“I am so dismayed that a federal judge would overturn California’s ban on assault weapons. No one needs an assault weapon for personal safety and assault weapons are mostly used to commit crimes,” stated District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley. “With the incidents of mass shootings, we must protect our citizens from others who use assault weapons to inflict massive harm.”

This puts California in great peril. As Governor Newsom recently said, “this decision is a direct threat to public safety and the lives of innocent Californians.” As Senator Dianne Feinstein noted, who had the remarkable foresight to take action to ban assault weapons many years ago, the Second Amendment never envisioned assault weapons.

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is dedicated to combating the epidemic of gun violence plaguing communities throughout the county, state and nation. Our office was one of the few to produce a comprehensive gun report, which covers years of data on gun use, sale possession and theft in the county.

To read the report, visit: www.alcoda.org/resources/gun_safety

Posted on Jun 8, 2021