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Bans on 'Assault Weapons' in New York and Connecticut Upheld

October 20, 2015  | 

A federal appeals court on Monday upheld strict statewide bans on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines that were passed in New York and Connecticut after the 2012 mass murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School, reports the New York Times.

In finding that the “core provisions” of the laws did not violate the Second Amendment, Judge José A. Cabranes, writing for a unanimous three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan, said the states had acted “based on substantial evidence” and had “tailored the legislation at issue to address these particularly hazardous weapons.”

He noted that state legislatures were “far better equipped than the judiciary to make sensitive public policy judgments (within constitutional limits) concerning the dangers in carrying firearms and the manner to combat those risks.”

Judge Cabranes noted that the legislation had been “targeted to prevent mass shootings like that in Newtown,” referring the school shooting in Connecticut in which the gunman, Adam Lanza, fired 154 rounds.

Both states’ laws banned assault weapons that contained any one of a list of military-style features, including a telescoping stock, a flash suppressor or a grenade launcher.

The panel struck down one provision of New York’s law that forbids possession of a magazine loaded with more than seven rounds of ammunition.


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Rick @ 10/20/2015 5:24 PM

So criminals, that don't obey the law, are supposed to obey this law and hand in their standard capacity magazines that liberals have labeled as high capacity. But since criminals don't obey the law, they won't hand them in.

According to the recently released FBI crime stats, you are more likely to be stabbed, bludgeoned or killed with someone's hands or feet than you are to be killed with a so called 'assault rifle'.

Liberals claim they want common sense laws, but they want to ban all guns and they are already calling for 6 or 7 round magazine capacity; which criminals won't follow that law either. In the meantime, the state has made criminals of law abiding citizens if they don't want to hand in their standard capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rds.
The liberals that are making these laws are surrounded by armed people carrying these types of weapons and magazines, have CCW permits themselves.

Chuck @ 10/21/2015 2:43 AM

More stupidity out of the Northeast. They should just go "gun free" statewide and let us know how well that works........OH WAIT, we already know!!
Idiocracy is running rampant in the US !!

Trigger @ 10/21/2015 5:18 AM

Wow, so if I take my Mini 14 with a conventional stock and carry 20 ten round magazines that I can combat load I will be a less of a threat if

ssc1911 @ 10/21/2015 6:45 PM

This ruling has made it much harder to fight since the US Court of Appeals for Second Circuit, Manhattan ruled in favor of New York and Connecticut. Their idiocy has made law abiding citizens under these laws, New Jersey is no better.

The liberals have made it easier to prosecute law abiding people who did nothing to harm or kill anyone, but because they own what is considered an assault weapon in political terms, those guns must be registered.
The liberals especially the Democratic Party has to stop waging a war on legal gun owners and violating our God given and constitutional right to keep and bear arms . If the liberals don't like guns they can leave and go to any leftist socialist police state country of their choosing and take your relatives. Don't come back to the USA we don't want you here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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