NY, CT Bans On Assault Weapons, Ammo Magazines Upheld By 2nd Circuit


New York and Connecticut laws banning certain semiautomatic assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines do not violate the Second Amendment, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled yesterday, the New York Law Journal reports. Upholding the “core prohibitions” on guns with military-style features passed after the 2012 murder of 20 students and six adults in Newtown, Ct., the Second Circuit said the measures do not violate the Second Amendment’s guarantee of “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” The court said, “When used, these weapons tend to result in more numerous wounds, more serious wounds, and more victims. These weapons are disproportionately used in crime, particularly in criminal mass shootings like the attack in Newtown.”

David Thompson of Cooper & Kirk in Washington, D.C. who argued for the plaintiffs, said he intends to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Writing for the court, Judge Jose Cabranes said there was a “dearth of evidence that law-abiding citizens use these weapons for self-defense.”

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