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People Have A 'Fundamental Right' To Own Assault Weapons, Court Rules

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 Cinnamon    24,410

Certain semiautomatic firearms deserve the highest level of protection the Constitution allows, says appellate court.

In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Thursday sided with a broad coalition of gun owners, businesses and organizations that challenged the constitutionality of a Maryland ban on assault weapons and other laws aimed at curbing gun violence. 

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the state's prohibition on what the court called "the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles commonly kept by several million American citizens" amounted to a violation of their rights under the Constitution.

"In our view, Maryland law implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment -- the right of law-abiding responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home," Chief Judge William Traxler wrote in the divided ruling.

Provisions that outlaw these firearms, Traxler wrote, "substantially burden this fundamental right."

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who recently suspended his Democratic presidential campaign, signed Maryland's Firearm Safety Act of 2013 in the wake of the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, which spurred similar initiatives in other Democratic-leaning states.

The legislation mostly targets specific kinds of semi-automatic firearms -- such as AR-15s and AK-47s -- and large-capacity magazines, and adds certain registration and licensing requirements.

But gun rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association, quickly moved to challenge these laws in the courts, claiming that the restrictions they imposed on lawful gun ownership were overly broad and weren't proven to save lives.



A victory in one way, but in another, gives them another chance at the Supreme Court, where anything can and does happen. 

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 Oregonian    434

im a proud owner of several of these extremely dangerous firearms but ill have a huge issue if illegals with hidden criminal records or recently imported ******* hell bent on jihad are able to clear Nics.......any laws restricting unverifiable criminal backgrouns?


once they get citizenship its a free for all protected under the 2nd?

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Team Uzi   
Team Uzi

Back in 1772 muskets were assault rifles.

In 1848 , Winchester model 94 was considered the assault rifle of the west.

It's 2016 now. A4, HK 94 and AK-47 may be considered assault rifles to some libtards but these weapons are almost 70 year old technology.

That's important because it's peanuts compared to the arsenal our government masters have at their disposal.

Now when average Joe says he has a space based laser weapon system to hunt deer, let me know.

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