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California: civil suits against assault rifles authorized

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Status: 07/23/2022 11:13 a.m.

In California, any citizen can sue sellers or manufacturers of assault rifles. The US state takes Texas’ strict abortion law as a model and is reinforced by a Supreme Court ruling.

In the US state of California, citizens can now file civil lawsuits against manufacturers and sellers of assault rifles. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation giving plaintiffs at least $10,000 if their lawsuits are successful.

Assault rifles are banned in California. The new law also affects weapons that can be ordered as a kit and assembled by yourself. “You can’t sell these illegal weapons of war and weapons of mass destruction and you can’t bring them to California, and if you can, there’s 40 million people who can get $10,000 to take action against these unlawful acts,” Newsom said. said.

Model: Texas

The new law uses a legal trick, mimicking Texas abortion law known as the “Heartbeat Act”. The law prohibits abortions as early as the sixth week of pregnancy, in violation of the landmark Roe v. Wade, which authorized abortions in the United States. The United States Supreme Court has now reversed this landmark decision and struck down the federal abortion law. Recently, the same court reinforced the right of gun owners to carry their guns in public.

Texas used a trick with the law: Instead of authorities enforcing regulations, individuals should file civil lawsuits against those who help women have abortions. This approach also makes it more difficult to prosecute the law, as the authorities are usually prosecuted. The Supreme Court therefore declined, on procedural grounds, to strike down the Texas law, even though it was against Roe v. Wade raped.

“These are the rules they have established”

California has taken this approach as a model and applied it to gun laws. “We use Texas,” California Senator Anthony Portantino said. “Honestly, if Texas can use a private right of action to attack women, then we can use a private right of action to make California safer.”

Governor Newsom said the Supreme Court “opened the door” for California action with its decision on Texas abortion law. “The Supreme Court said it was okay. It was [mit Blick auf Texas, Anm. d. Red.] a terrible decision. But these are the rules they have established.”

Source www.tagesschau.de

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