…is back before the 4th Circuit, this time for an en banc hearing, after an earlier 3-judge panel had vacated the prior trial court’s ruling upholding the law. At issue is Maryland’s
Firearm Safety Act of 2013 banned possession of firearms designated as “assault weapons,” a broad category that includes dozens of types of high-capacity weapons, including the popular AR-15 rifle. Maryland also banned sales and purchases of ammunition magazines of more than 10 rounds among other provisions.
The Maryland Attorney General, Douglas Gansler (D), is arguing
…AK-47s, the state argues, are “suited, for military-style assaults,” not sport shooting or self-defense….
This is an utterly disingenuous argument that only the Left and its anti-gun nuts could make. The government has no legitimate interest in the purpose for which an American citizen might choose to keep and bear Arms, only that that right shall not be infringed.