Assault Weapons Not Protected by Second Amendment, Federal Appeals Court Rules

Assault Weapons Not Protected by Second Amendment, Federal Appeals Court Rules”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled 10-4 to uphold Maryland's ban on certain semi-automatic rifles and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. The Supreme Court in Heller, Wilkinson said, did not prevent elected officials from regulating "assault weapons".

U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake upheld the ban in 2015, but a divided three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled past year that she didn't apply the proper legal standard. The law was enacted after the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012. (Two additional circuits, the 9th and the 7th, have also upheld gun bans, but did not specifically opine on the appropriate level of scrutiny.) Tuesday's en banc decision from the 4th Circuit replaces the 2016 panel ruling and aligns all of the appellate courts that have considered the standard for reviewing gun prohibitions.

Seven states and the District of Columbia ban semi-automatic rifles, and several of those bans have faced court challenges as the state and federal courts attempt to determine whether there can be any reasonable limits on the Second Amendment.

Judge Robert King wrote, "Put simply, we have no power to extend Second Amendment protections to weapons of war".

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For Judge Robert King and the majority in this ruling, certain kinds of rifles are "weapons of war", meaning they are not covered under the Second Amendment for the objective of self-defense. Gun restrictions enjoy wide support in the Democratic-leaning state, a factor that helped legislators pass some of the nation's strictest gun-control laws in 2013.

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National Rifle Association spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said, "It is absurd to hold that the most popular rifle in America is not a protected "arm" under the Second Amendment". He wrote, the majority "has gone to greater lengths than any other court to eviscerate the constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms".

While the Supreme Court found that ban too expansive and burdensome on those keeping weapons commonly and historically used for self-defense, its take on the legality and place of firearms that resemble military-style weapons has raised questions in the near-decade since.

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The 81-page opinion issued Tuesday opens with a detailed description of that day, including the number of rounds of ammunition fired, and goes on to describe mass shootings involving similar military-style firearms in a long list of other US cities.

"Disenfranchising the American people on this life and death subject would be the gravest and most serious of steps", Wilkinson wrote. It is their safety not ours. Specifically, the Heller opinion cited "the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of 'dangerous and unusual weapons, '" such as "weapons that are most useful in military service-M-16 rifles and the like".

"For a law-abiding citizen who, for whatever reason, chooses to protect his home with a semi-automatic rifle instead of a semi-automatic handgun, Maryland's law clearly imposes a significant burden on the exercise of the right to arm oneself at home", wrote Judge William Traxler in a dissent, calling for a stringent review of the decision. "The state has very little say about whether its citizens should keep it in their homes for protection".

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