California court strikes down ban on billy clubs on Second Amendment grounds

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A California court has ruled against the state’s ban on billy clubs, citing Second Amendment rights.

The lawsuit was filed by plaintiff Russell Fouts against California Attorney General Rob Bonta over a state law that criminalizes possession or even possession of clubs.

“This case concerns a California law that makes it a crime to simply possess or carry Billy. This case challenges whether California can prohibit or restrict the use or possession of Billy for illegal purposes. “This is not the case,” the verdict reads.

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Photo illustration shows a law enforcement officer carrying a billy club, also known as a police baton. (In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)

Furthermore, “Historically, the short wooden sticks that police officers once carried on duty were known as billies or billy clubs. This term remains ambiguous today, and is often referred to as metal nightsticks, Little League bats, or billy clubs. , a wooden table leg, or a broken golf club shaft, all of which are weapons that can be used for self-defense, but are less lethal than firearms. ”

The sentence was handed down by Judge Roger Benitez of the Southern District of California.

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The court ruled to overturn the ban based on the Second Amendment and protection of the public’s right to bear arms, including non-firearms.

“The Second Amendment protects the public’s right to use dangerous and deadly firearms to defend themselves,” the court said. “But not everyone wants to carry a firearm for self-defense. Some people prefer less-lethal weapons. Billy is a less-lethal weapon that can be used for self-defense.”

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Canadian police brandished billy clubs and clashed with demonstrators during a protest in Toronto, Ontario. ((Photo courtesy of Creative Touch Imaging Ltd./NurPhoto via Getty Images))

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The ruling continued: “It is easy to imagine that countless citizens carry these weapons on their daily walks and hikes to protect themselves from human and animal attacks. “The right of every law-abiding citizen to keep and bear arms for lawful purposes is protected by the Constitution. . ”

A billy club (also known as a baton, billy stick, baton, etc.) is a short, lightweight club that has been used as a blunt weapon by public safety, law enforcement, and individuals.



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