“U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez on Thursday struck down California’s ban on so-called “assault weapons,” handing a long-sought victory to gun rights organizations which have been fighting the ban for years…

Judge Benitez’s ruling will almost certainly be appealed to the Ninth U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco, but for the moment, SAF and its partners are celebrating a victory.

There is no small irony that Benitez’ ruling comes only a couple of weeks following the passing of California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who had pushed to ban semiautomatic rifles nationwide during her decades on Capitol Hill.”