Sikh man says California gun ban doesn’t let him practise his religion

Published: March 13, 2013

VANCOUVER DESI

Gursant Singh Khalsa, a follower of the Sikh faith for 35 years in Yuba City, has filed a federal lawsuit against the State of California.

Assault rifle

The suit claims the state is stopping him from fully practising his religion by not allowing him to own and use assault rifles and high capacity magazines.

“Decrees from the Tenth Sikh Guru state in the most vigorous and clear words that, ‘a Sikh’s conception of God is the sword of God is the sword of dharma,’” Khalsa said, according to NEWS10/KXTV.

He said some practising Sikhs already carry what he calls “the sword of dharma” for protection. Khalsa said if assault weapons were legalized in the state, the loss of life in mass shootings, like the one in Wisconsin, could be minimized.

“I am just going by what the Sikh religion and what Sikhs are mandated to do,” Khalsa said. “We have an obligation to defend those who can’t defend themselves.”

But not all Sikhs believe in what Khalsa is aiming to do, NEWS 10/KXTV said.

Yuba City Sikh Temple director Tejinder Dosanjah said he believes everyone, regardless of religion, has a right to protect themselves, but said to interpret religious scriptures for personal benefit is not right.

“He should not involve the Sikh faith directly or indirectly into this lawsuit,” Dosanjah said.

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