The Supreme Court on Monday made a major decision that has gun owners absolutely furious, and rightfully so.
The highest court I our country is intended to determine the legality of laws passed by both the state and federal governments. When there’s an ongoing debate over whether or not either have overstepped their authority, we expect the Court to intervene and set the record straight.
In most cases, the Court fulfills its duty and takes on the most controversial of cases, ending the national debates about them. However, for some reason when it comes to gun rights, the Justices seem reluctant to step in and reaffirm our Second Amendment rights, which is exactly what happened with the Court refused to hear an assault weapons ban case.
Reuters is reporting that after seven years of avoiding major gun cases, the Court has once again sidestepped a major case taken up against Maryland’s 2013 ban on so-called “assault weapons” enacted after the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut. The case was brought by residents and dealers, and it had the backing of the National Rifle Association, all of whom argued the ban is an infringement on our right to bear arms, but the court refuses to touch it.
The challengers, who had sued Maryland’s governor and other officials in 2013, appealed a February ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia that upheld the state’s law. The 4th Circuit, ruling 10-4, said it had no power to extend constitutional protections to “weapons of war.”
Maryland’s ban outlaws “assault long guns,” mostly semi-automatic rifles such as the AR-15 and AK-47, as well as large-capacity magazines, which prevent the need for frequent reloading.
Backed by the influential NRA gun lobby, the plaintiffs said in a court filing that semi-automatic rifles are in common use and that law-abiding citizens should not be deprived of them.
Maryland’s ban focuses on cosmetic features of the weapons to determine how dangerous they are, and it includes a provision that bans standard capacity magazines for the most popular sporting rifles among gun enthusiasts, the AR-15 and AK-47.
Basically, “scary” looking semi-automatic rifles that function no differently than any other semi-automatic rifle are prohibited for sale in the state, and an arbitrary ban was placed on magazines that hold more than ten rounds. Because hunting, or something.
Of course, the Democrat Attorney General for Maryland praised the Court’s decision to punt the case back down to the lower court and let their ruling stand, because Democrats hate guns.
“The sands are always shifting with the Supreme Court,” Attorney General Brian Frosh said. “I hope that this means they have reached a conclusion that they are not going to fiddle with assault weapons bans across the country.”
If the Court’s past decisions are any indication, as long as there’s progressive activists on the bench, bans on the most popular rifles in our country will remain intact.
Don’t forget, just last year the Court left in place the arbitrary bans in both New York and Connecticut, and now doesn’t appear to have any interest in the clear infringement of our Constitutionally protected rights.
Meanwhile, this year’s Black Friday sales of guns hit another record, with over 200,000 people filling out an ATF Form 4473 to purchase the weapons of their choice, according to FBI statistics. So it’s evident gun rights are still coveted by the American people, as they should be – they’re the last line of defense against a tyrannical government, and they keep our enemies at bay.
While Justice Neil Gorsuch undoubtedly left the conservative tilt in the court, it likely won’t be until Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Stephen Breyer either die or retire that we’ll have enough seats to finally overturn these un-Constitutional bans.