Defendant in the case, the office of California Attorney General Rob Bonta, said the decision was being reviewed.
“California will continue to take all necessary measures to prevent and reduce gun violence,” the statement said. “We’re committed to protecting California’s common sense gun laws that protect lives and keep our communities safe.”
The court upheld a provision in state law requiring adults under the age of 21 who have not worked in the military or law enforcement to obtain a hunting license to purchase a shotgun or rifle. The judge wrote that requirement was tantamount to a “reasonable gun control” action and therefore constitutional.
President Donald J. Trump-appointed judges Nielsen and Kenneth K. Lee have a majority; The person who disagreed was U.S. District Judge Sidney H. Stein, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton and is currently an appointed member of the Court of Appeals.
The semi-automatic ban is part of a series of gun ownership restrictions recently approved by the California Democrats in response to an increase in gun violence. Leaders are concerned about the smuggling of illegal weapons from neighboring countries and the increase in the supply of domestic weapons known as “ghost guns”.