Federal Court Rules Assault Weapons Not Protected By 2nd Amendment – NRA Outraged
In a move that has the NRA and Republicans fuming, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, has ruled that assault weapons, which are banned under Maryland’s law, are not protected by the 2nd Amendment.
The 10-4 ruling is likely to trigger lash out by Donald Trump and his republicans allies at any moment.
Maryland’s ban on 45 kinds of assault weapons and its 10-round limit on gun magazines were upheld in a decision that met with a strongly worded dissent.
As reported by ABC News, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said the guns banned under Maryland’s law aren’t protected by the Second Amendment. The decision was met with a strongly worded dissent.
“Put simply, we have no power to extend Second Amendment protections to weapons of war,” Judge Robert King wrote for the court, adding that the Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller explicitly excluded such coverage, according to the report.
National Rifle Association spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said that “it is absurd to hold that the most popular rifle in America is not a protected ‘arm’ under the Second Amendment.”
But Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, who led the push for the law in 2013 as a state senator, said it’s “unthinkable that these weapons of war, weapons that caused the carnage in Newtown and in other communities across the country, would be protected by the Second Amendment.”
It’s time to recognize that guns kill people and take far too many lives unnecessarily.
The 4th Circuit performed a great service to the country today. Hopefully, more federal courts will follow suit.
The right to own a firearm does not mean a person should be able to own any weapon they desire.
How about that, conservatives?