2018-04-07 11:44:42 UTC
A federal court today upheld the right of a state to ban military-style semi-automatic guns and assault rifles like those used in the mass murders in Connecticut, Colorado, Nevada, Florida and elsewhere.
The U.S. District Court ruled that Massachusetts ban on assault weapons and large magazines of ammunition put in place in 1998 are legal because those high capacity guns and rifles fall outside of the “scope of the personal right to ‘bear arms’ under the Second Amendment” of the U.S. Constitution.
U.S. District Judge William Young also upheld Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey’s enforcement notice to gun sellers and manufacturers clarifying what constitutes a ‘‘copy’’ or ‘‘duplicate’’ weapon under the 1998 law, reports The Associated Press.
The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed last year by the Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts and others groups who claimed that the Massachusetts law infringed on their Second Amendment rights.
“The AR-15 and its analogs,” wrote the judge, “along with large capacity magazines, are simply not weapons within the original meaning of the individual constitutional right to ‘bear arms.'”
So the elected representatives in any state have the right to ban such weapons, just as other states have the right to allow them, added the judge .... (cont)