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Federal Judge's Ruling Upholds Massachusetts' "Assault Weapon" Ban

April 09, 2018  | 

Assault weapons and large-capacity magazines are not protected by the Second Amendment, a federal judge said in a ruling Friday upholding Massachusetts’ ban on the weapons.

U.S. District Judge William Young dismissed a lawsuit challenging the 20-year-old ban, saying assault weapons are military firearms that fall beyond the reach of the constitutional right to “bear arms,” the Associated Press reports.

Regulation of the weapons is a matter of policy, not for the courts, he said.

The Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts and other groups that filed the lawsuit argued that the AR-15 cannot be considered a “military weapon” because it cannot fire in fully automatic mode.

Young dismissed that argument, noting that the semi-automatic AR-15’s design is based on guns “that were first manufactured for military purposes” and that the AR-15 is “common and well-known in the military.”

Comments (6)

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OK then @ 4/9/2018 3:19 PM

By that logic just about every rifle or pistol can be banned. With the possible exception of a derringer every style of firearm was first used by the military.

Poileas @ 4/9/2018 3:42 PM

Soooo...we gunna give those up as Police Officers in Massachusetts or are we going to think we are above our fellow citizens we serve?

Bill @ 4/9/2018 4:39 PM

Excuse me, I thought military firearms were precisely and explicitly within the reach of the constitutional right to “bear arm.

Furthermore, the Constitution does not grant a right to keep and bear arm. The Second Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the government infringing that particular Human Right.

Jon Retired LEO @ 4/9/2018 5:24 PM

This has to be one of the judges appointed by Obama.

William @ 4/10/2018 4:49 AM

Another judge that does not know the law, he probably is trying to make a name for himself which is mud now!. The government is not set up to override the constitution, it is set up to protect the citizens and when it tries to take away the citizens rights the 2 nd amendment is a safeguard

Trigger @ 4/11/2018 12:33 PM

What a idiot, so a Ruger Mini14 is ok, what about a musket?

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