The Sandy Hook tragedy spurred a national debate on the rights of civilians to own assault rifles, and gave gun-grabbers the fuel they needed to pass gun control laws in many liberal states. Subsequently, Maryland legislators passed a law banning “assault weapons” and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. New gun buyers in the state are also required to submit their fingerprints and undergo mandatory training. Failure to comply with the law can result in a three-year prison sentence and/or a steep $5,000 fine.
In response to these infringements on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans, 21 other states have come together to abolish the harsh gun control laws in Maryland and make sure that they are not implemented elsewhere. The legislation, which was immediately challenged and upheld by a federal judge, is now being scrutinized in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Attorneys General from 21 other states have joined in challenging it.
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“The weapons banned by the Maryland law fall within the protection of the Second Amendment because they are typically possessed for lawful purposes, including the core protected purpose of self-defense,” argue the Attorneys General. But the judge who upheld the law disagrees. “The court seriously doubts that the banned assault long guns are commonly possessed for lawful purposes, particularly self-defense in the home, which is at the core of the Second Amendment right, and is inclined to find the weapons fall outside Second Amendment protection as dangerous and unusual,” he stated.
According to the Conservative Tribune, the states involved in the suit are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
It seems that those who support the Second Amendment far outweigh those who wish it would just go away. Lets hope the courts realize as much. Let us know what you think of this report in the comments section.