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Constitutional Law

Apr. 17, 2024

Gun advocates can no longer depend on drawing their favorite judge

“I think some parties were attempting to forum shop by using the low number rule to relate cases that weren’t actually related,” Southern District Chief Judge Dana M. Sabraw said.

U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez has issued several decisions in favor of gun rights advocates.

Gun rights groups that challenged state firearms laws long had a favorite California district judge: Senior U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez of San Diego.

The veteran jurist, an appointee of President George W. Bush, has struck down several California gun laws – including the state’s ban on large capacity magazines and semi-automatic rifles – as unconstitutional, and similar complaints were reassigned to him as related cases.

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