Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Challenge to Maryland’s ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban

The United States Supreme Court has refused to hear arguments in a challenge against Maryland’s anti-Second Amendment ban on so-called “assault weapons.”

The Supreme Court decided not to jump the line and rule on the case while a lower court is still considering it.

It was an expected ruling and the court did not elaborate on it.

The court is also considering whether to weigh in on a similar ban in Illinois, which is already being appealed.

There was no action on that case on Monday but it could decide to go that route to rule the issue.

Gun rights groups in the state warn that the firearms classified as “assault weapons” are some of the most popular.

Therefore, the ban is too much of an infringement on the Second Amendment to stand.

The category of “assault weapons” is also too vague, meaning many types of firearms could easily be lumped into this bracket.

They cited the 2022 Supreme Court decision that expanded gun rights.

The decision caused gun laws around the country to be reconsidered.

The attorney general of Maryland argued that semi-automatic weapons are used in mass shootings and are “highly dangerous, military-style” weapons.

Conveniently, gun control advocates fail to note that mass shootings are caused by people, not guns.

The plaintiffs in the case have accused the appeals court of dragging its feet on the case.

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Recently, the court moved the case from a three-judge panel to the full circuit court, which is an unusual move.

The law dates back to 2012 and bans the sale, purchase, transfer, or receipt of the weapons.

It has been challenged since 2013.

The 4th Circuit affirmed it in 2013 and rejected another challenge in 2016.

After the 2022 Bruen ruling, the court ordered the 4th Circuit to reconsider the 2016 challenge.

It was at this point that the foot-dragging began.

Ten states and the District of Columbia have banned so-called “assault weapons.”

However, Maryland’s ban is one of the strictest ones in the country.

The Maryland law includes bans on dozens of firearms and a 10-round limit on magazines.

Many of these laws may be overturned if the court takes its usual conservative viewpoint when it finally decides to rule on one of them.

Most of the laws and challenges are in Democrat-dominated states, so we may see a lot more foot-dragging before that happens.

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By Nick R. Hamilton

Nick has a broad background in journalism, business, and technology. He covers news on cryptocurrency, traditional assets, and economic markets.

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