A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit on Friday that challenged Massachusetts’ ban on assault weapons, delivering a significant victory for Attorney General Maura Healey, who had beefed up the state’s laws against such weapons after the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Florida.
In his ruling, US District Judge William Young wrote the state’s two-decade-old ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines do not violate the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment.
“The AR-15 and its analogs, along with large capacity magazines, are simply not weapons within the original meaning of the individual constitutional right to ‘bear Arms,’ ” Young wrote in a 47-page ruling. “In the absence of federal legislation, Massachusetts is free to ban these weapons and large-capacity magazines. Other states are equally free to leave them unregulated and available to their law-abiding citizens. These policy matters are simply not of constitutional moment.”
The suit was filed by gun retailers and the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts, a NRA affiliate, reports Bloomberg.
Young also upheld Healey’s decision in 2016 to notify gun sellers and manufacturers that the state would be “cracking down” on the illegal sale of assault weapons, including those firearms that had been altered slightly to sidestep the ban.
This is another in recent rulings that utterly ignore the Constitution.
One other such case is in California, where a federal judge ruled that medical marijuana users cannot own firearms.
Another case is in Illinois, where a new law requires everyone under the age of 21 to surrender their firearms, or face a $1,000 fine per day, per firearm.
Perhaps the worst of them all was when another federal judge deemed that scary guns that liberals call “assault weapons” are not protected under the 2nd Amendment.
Constitutional experts are unanimous in asking, what part of the 2nd Amendment, says guns are prohibited if you smoke marijuana, or if they scare weak-minded Communists?
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
April 6th, 2018