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Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, second from left, flanked by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, center, and other lawmakers, discusses his measure banning the use of for-profit, private detention facilities in 2019. Newsom is considering him, along with Mayor Darrell Steinberg and others, to replace Attorney General Xavier Becerra. RICH PEDRONCELLI AP PHOTO

Calif. appealing court decision to overturn ban on assault weapons

Officials in California have announced an appeal to last week’s ruling by a federal judge, which overturned the state’s so-called assault weapons ban. In a press conference on Thursday, California Attorney Gen. Rob Bonta and Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) announced a plan to appeal the ruling, which legalized the ownership of assault weapons.