Supreme Court denies two assault-weapons ban appeals

Supreme Court denies two assault-weapons ban appeals”

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place gun control laws in NY and CT that ban military-style assault weapons like the one used in last week's massacre at an Orlando nightclub, rejecting a legal challenge by gun rights advocates.

Plaintiffs in the case - a coalition of firearms dealers, shooting sports enthusiasts, gun owners and Second Amendment rights activists - sued the state in federal court, claiming that the law violated their constitutional right to own a gun for self-defense.

"We are pleased with the Supreme Court's decision not to review further the challenges to the bans in our sister states on the sale of assault weapons and large capacity magazines".

Connecticut and NY enacted bans on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines in response to the December 2012 massacre of 20 children and six educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Lanza had used a semiautomatic rifle during the attack.

"These guns have an established track record of disproportionate use in the most serious gun crime incidents - mass shootings and killing of law enforcement", Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said when arguing the Supreme Court should not hear the case. A national law barring assault weapons expired in 2004, and congressional Republicans and some Democrats, backed by the influential National Rifle Association gun rights lobby, beat back efforts to restore it.

"Connecticut dubs a semi-automatic firearm an 'assault weapon, ' but that is nothing more than argument advanced by a political slogan in the guise of a definition", the group wrote to Supreme Court.

The court lost one of its strongest pro-gun rights members in February when conservative Justice Antonin Scalia died.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office released a statement on the recent Supreme Court decision in regard to SAFE Act.

Assault weapons bans are in place in five other states: California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and Hawaii.

After a fairly good run for the Second Amendment over the past decade and more, we've been seeing signs that the Supreme Court lacks the interest or conviction to tackle some of the big questions surrounding gun rights in America.

A New York-based federal appeals court upheld both laws.

The lower court said the legislators in CT were justified in banning the weapons.

Justice Scalia authored the majority opinion in D.C. v. Heller, and clearly had a view on gun issues that weighed in the direction of fewer restrictions on individual rights. It was the most fatal mass shooting in modern USA history. "Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court isn't a surprise, but it's still very important", Murphy said. We can not sit idly by and watch tragedy after tragedy, horror after horror. New York' s law is similar, though it doesn't list specific firearms. "Congress must stand up to the NRA, enact a nationwide assault weapons ban, and take action that can help save lives", she said.

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