Judge Upholds Gun Ban, Noting Semiautomatic Rifles Fire 500 Rounds Per Minute

A federal judge in California upheld the state's ban on semiautomatic rifles and "bullet buttons."

Santa Ana, CA – A judge in California upheld a ban on semiautomatic rifles and the “bullet buttons” that make it easier to reload the guns.

U.S. District Judge Josephine Staton of Santa Ana rejected a challenge by the California Rifle & Pistol Association to the California law prohibiting the sale, manufacturing, and ownership of semiautomatic rifles, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Staton called the weapons “incredibly effective killing machines” and said in her July 22 ruling that they were not necessary for self-defense.

In her ruling, the judge cited erroneous congressional findings that semiautomatic rifles fire at a rate of 300 to 500 rounds per minute making them “virtually indistinguishable” from machine guns, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Staton's ruling also noted that the rifles are the “weapons of choice” for gangs, hate groups, and “mentally deranged persons bent on mass murder."

Her decision contrasted dramatically with the 2017 and 2018 rulings by a federal court judge in San Diego who said that California’s ban on high-capacity magazines violated a law-abiding citizen’s right to self-defense, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Those court decisions were briefly in effect in the spring, but then U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez agreed to restore enforcement of the ban while the state appealed his decision.

But while it was legal, gun owners flocked to stores to buy the previously-banned magazines, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

California banned semiautomatic rifles 20 years ago and outlawed “bullet buttons” in 2016.

Bullet buttons attach to regular gun magazines and allow the magazine to be quickly ejected from the weapon, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The California Rifle & Pistol Association, which is an arm of the National Rifle Association (NRA), cited a 2011 dissenting opinion by newly-appointed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in its lawsuit in which he interpreted the Second Amendment to allow semiautomatic weapons and prohibit mandatory gun registration.

Gun groups are hoping that the addition of Kavanaugh and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch to the court will sway things their direction, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Staton said in her opinion that under current standards of federal law, the semiautomatic rifle should not be protect by the Second Amendment and should be considered a “dangerous and unusual weapon” only suitable for use by the military and not appropriate for home defense.

Comments (94)
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flybynight
flybynight

And most importantly it's scary looking 🙄

Justretired
Justretired

300 or 500 rounds per minute, I want one of those!

BlueJDN
BlueJDN

Obama appointee. Nope, no surprise there.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

I guess it appears you don’t have to do your research to learn about what you’re making decisions in and just pass judgement because you’re a judge.....

45_CAL_ACP
45_CAL_ACP

Nonsense as usual from Kalifornia! People (in this case a Judge) are CLUELESS! "Bullet Buttons" HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH EJECTING A MAGAZINE! Knowlegable people know EXACTLY what a bullet button is. Even with a "bump stock" you cannot fire 500 + rounds per minute. AR - 15 is not an "unusual" weapon (let alone "semi automatic" guns) - as a significant number if the 15 million weapons in private hands ARE Semi Automatic and the MAJORITY ARE AR - 15's! Glad I don't live in Kalifornia (NEVER would)!

Sailor
Sailor

They are in denial about the Second Amendment in California.

Cops kid
Cops kid

I'll bet that's the big red button that launch's all the missiles too ... Damn right they shouldn't let the general public have 'em !!! Who the hell needs that many nuclear weapons to deer hunt ? One should be enough.

BAH330
BAH330

Moron judge. Knows nothing, rules based on liberal bs

Trefflek
Trefflek

This judge is a special kind of stupid

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

He will be resting like adolph one day.

Papa Cooz
Papa Cooz

"not appropriate for home defense." She does not realize that the 2nd Amendment was not only meant to allow me to protect myself for my neighbors but to protect me from my government? My neighbors will not be the source of my oppression that I need protection from.

JBo
JBo

500 rounds a minute? My finger would fall off.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

If the military uses semiautomatic weapons as this judge suggests, we're in deep dodo!

She also points to their use by gangs (erroneous), mass murderers, etc. I'm not seeing the law abiding citizen in there anywhere as a violator of any gun laws!

alaskalawdog
alaskalawdog

Bullet button!? What the fuck is a bullet button?

Raymelson
Raymelson

If this holds up then the gun haters will keep trying to take our weapons one at a time ima not gonna give up my weapons to nobody

RPG156
RPG156

It should surprise no one that a California judge made such a ruling, citing exaggerated, inaccurate and made-up "facts" to support it.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Well, it's a good thing we finished building my custom-sized left-handed bolt action rifle. Between that and a musket should be all I need, right?

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Since when can a semi-automatic fire 500 rounds a minute??? Oh, the judge is a libtard!!!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

California is the leader of shithole States. Just owning a gun there is a joke. You can't get a CCW in San Francisco or Los Angeles. People are leaving the State at 5 times the rate of people entering. Ben Shapiro, yesterday just stated how he walked out his front door (in a high class neighborhood) and the was a homeless guy sleeping in the gutter, directly across the street from his home. What good is it, if you live in a mansion, but can't leave the house, without being subjected to the sickening squalor that pervades CA? I lived there in 1989, but could only take it for 6 months and would never visit there today. My point being, I don't care if CA outlaws guns altogether. Those liberals are on a fast track to self destruction. The big word of the day, for liberals, is socialism. Well one look at CA and you will see the greatest income disparity, in the country. Tent cities everywhere. Welfare to 66% of the population (6% in Texas). Maybe those "socialist minded" liberals should start using their mecca as an example of why socialism is so badly needed. Only that would shine a light on the worst government in the country and how liberal values have failed the majority of the people. Everyone knows criminals will get guns, regardless. You ban guns for everyone , then guess who will be the only ones with them? Let California go gunless, I say, then see how it works out for them!

Markb4070
Markb4070

The 2nd amendment dosent apply to semi- auto rifles or pistol, nor does it apply to shotguns or revolvers. The 2nd amendment RESTRICTS GOVERNMENT. The technology of the firearm is irrelevant. The restrictions on the government remain the same, regardless of the firearm. The 2nd amendment was not written to grant citizens permission to own and bear firearms. It forbids government interference in the ownership of firearm period. “ the right to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed”

Skidoo
Skidoo

The new CA ammo bill that went into effect in July is really having the having the desired effect it was designed to have. A good buddy was denied shotgun ammo at a local gun store. He was planning a dove season hunt in Sept. but the CA DOJ red flagged him and no reason was forthcoming. He has no criminal history, isn't on someone's no fly list and is on no terrorist watch list. If anyone in CA tries to buy, trade or give away ammunition thru a private party or purchase thru the internet it's now a felony. Grandpa can't give his grandkids .22 ammo at the range to shoot at paper. That's illegal.

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

Hello! This decision was a done deal before the paperwork was stamped.

Cowboycop22
Cowboycop22

Obviously appointed by obama and willing to mislead and lie to support his firearm agenda. Everyone who knows what a bullet button is, knows the judge is lying on this subject and is willingly misleading the public by not correcting the record. This never had a chance to stand in Ca and will have to goto the Supreme Court to be corrected. Let’s hope they don’t lose their nerve to do what’s right.

SigLady
SigLady

Build the wall :)

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I know what I'm asking Santa to get me for Christmas!!!!

JBo
JBo

I was in the army and used the M14 and M16 in faraway places and a LEO for 30+ years. I never found nomenclature on any firearm labeled Bullet Button. Maybe I overlooked it.

Just to make sure I checked all the weapons I own and looked for something marked Bullet Button but I couldn't find one. Maybe it was an optional feature I didn't get.

speedydg13
speedydg13

Ignorance BY the law (judges) is no excuse! Talk about an uninformed, but opinionated person!

Finder1009
Finder1009

A semi-automatic firearm cannot shoot even close to that without a mechanical assist (like bump stock and trigger cranks) using your fingers only will enable a max of about 2 rounds per second. that's if you have really fast fingers. This judge has been reading too much liberal propaganda to come up with those kind of numbers.

Fire_and_Steel
Fire_and_Steel

"[T]he judge cited erroneous congressional findings." Wrong information from the U.S. Congress? 'Magine that. </close sarcasm>

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

It's hard to believe that this could be true. Is it really possible that a Judge would let himself come across so ignorant thinking that a semi-automatic could actually shoot 300 to 500 rounds a minute. A fully automatic could but there illegal except very rare circumstances and is very difficult to get certified.

vtecfed
vtecfed

How does a bullet button attach to a magazine? It replaces the standard magazine release. 300 to 500 rpm and indistinguishable from a military rifle? Hahahahaha

Braunicus
Braunicus

Since her reasoning was based on flawed information wouldn't that be enough to bring it back to the court?

tommc42
tommc42

Just checked Wikipedia and learned that "sustainable" fire rate is the critical issue. Heat, speed, and accuracy influences the rate but it is probably more like 10-12 rounds per minute - not 300-500 as thee Judge seems to believe.

fjhappel
fjhappel

I have always heard that semi-auto means that each round fired requires the trigger to be pulled one time. It would be pretty damn hard to pull the trigger 500 times in a minute wouldn't it judge?

LOCKTHEMUP
LOCKTHEMUP

Thats the problem, its LefTARD IGNORANCE not knowing what is what. Every FIREARM is an "assault" weapon. ALL of them!!! A friggen rock is an ASSAULT weapon if its used that way. If a cop gets called to someone who is injured by someone else in a criminal way then its an ASSAULT - Its ENGLISH LANGUAGE just like "SHALL NO BE INFRINGED"!!!!!!

RetiredSoldier05
RetiredSoldier05

It may be a scary, dangerous weapon that fires 300-500 per minute---but not with that 30-round mag.

Monoxide707
Monoxide707

U.S. District Judge Josephine Staton is one of the dumbest people i have ever heard speak on gun control......id very much like to see someone who is capable of putting 300 rounds through an ar15 in 1min........this is complete ignorance yet its being accepted like its facts the amount of time between reloading and pulling the trigger even with years of training i see u maybe getting 3 mags at the most through which is only 90 rounds......this judge has not only no idea what there talking about but is actingn like tehy do and its messed up because its all about how she feels and not about facts.......our court system is the most corrupt part of our country because we have a bunch of rich greedy scared ppl who know nothing about guns running our society.....yeah lets get more gun free zone signs cause u know those work so well....look at the last mass shooting in cali i wonder why that gun free zone sign didnt stop him.......i mean i thought gun free zone sign meant criminals cant bring guns into that area...oh thats rright laws only affect LAW ABIDING CITIZENS criminals dont care about laws rules your saftey or anything else if u have something they want they will find a way to try and get it whether they have a gun or not....... if ppl rly wanted to stop gun violence then first off dont be afraid to smack ur smart ass mouth children teach them to take responsibilities for there actions and stop making laws based on how ppl feel fuck your feelings if its not facts its bullshit.......teach ppl about guns and arms your citizens cause if more good ppl out there are carrying guns then the criminals will be the ones who are scared because they dont know whoever they target might be able to defend themselves or defend others.......u will never stop criminals completely and u will never get rid of all there guns u might make it harder but thats it stop basing ideals off your feelings judges like U.S. District Judge Josephine Staton need to be thrown in jail for going against our constitution and need to learn to acctually try and protect our U.S. citizens

Pack
Pack

Totally void of intelligent thought......but then again....California

M 79 Thumper
M 79 Thumper

Hell will freeze over before a libtard will speak factual information about firearms