The Times podcast: The judge who likes to overturn gun laws

Judge Roger Benitez prayer candles
Prayer candles available online contain an image of federal Judge Roger Benitez as “St. Benitez” with a robe, halo and AR-15. Benitez’s rulings overturning key portions of California’s gun control laws have made him famous in some gun interest circles.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez is known for overturning gun bans. Derided and hailed in equal measures, he’s now presiding over a case with far-reaching consequences.


Today, we talk about his history and impact. Read the full transcript here.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times enterprise reporter Laura J. Nelson

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