2 years, 7 months ago
A federal judge has upheld a package of strict firearms regulations that went into effect in Maryland last year.
In a 47-page opinion issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake said the law “seeks to address a serious risk of harm to law enforcement officers and the public from the greater power to injure and kill presented by assault weapons and large capacity magazines.”
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Judge Blake, appointed by President Clinton, agreed with lawyers for the state, who held that assault weapons and large-capacity magazines “fall outside Second Amendment protection as dangerous and unusual arms.” She also pointed out that the plaintiffs could not produce a single example in which an assault weapon or more than 10 rounds of ammunition were “used or useful” in an instance of self-defense in Maryland.
The opinion cites statistics showing that ownership of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines is comparatively rare and yet they are “disproportionately represented in mass shootings” as well as the murders of law-enforcement personnel.
“Upon review of all the parties’ evidence, the court seriously doubts that the banned assault long guns are commonly possessed for lawful purposes, particularly self-defense in the home, which is at the core of the Second Amendment right, and is inclined to find the weapons fall outside Second Amendment protection as dangerous and unusual,” Judge Blake wrote.
These things simply aren’t true. See my mass shootings research. These incidents are primarily done with guys toting multiple firearms (usually handguns, but shotguns have also been used) and multiple magazines. Reloading is quick and easy, as mass shooters know.
Furthermore, I can point to Mr. Stephen Bayezes for an incident where an AR-15 and multiple magazines had to be used in self defense. This was South Carolina, but if the judge had turned to the pages of American Rifleman every month, she would have seen the multiple reports of people defending themselves using all sorts of firearms. There are many examples in Maryland.
But this isn’t about self defense. It’s just a continuation of the same sort of fabricated reasoning that grips our judicial system on guns. The second amendment has to do with self defense only insofar as it pertains to amelioration of tyranny.
These are scary words for collectivist judges like her. None of this matters. She won’t get any of our guns, and if you are an owner of a weapon capable of holding more than ten rounds in the magazine, keep it. If you turn it in, you are siding with the collectivists. Maryland will pay for their sins.