In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Thursday sided with a broad coalition of gun owners, businesses and organizations that challenged the constitutionality of a Maryland ban on assault weapons and other laws aimed at curbing gun violence.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the state's prohibition on what the court called "the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles commonly kept by several million American citizens" amounted to a violation of their rights under the Constitution.
"In our view, Maryland law implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment -- the right of law-abiding responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home," Chief Judge William Traxler wrote in the divided ruling.
Provisions that outlaw these firearms, Traxler wrote, "substantially burden this fundamental right."
Gee I hate to disagree with the U.S. Court of Appeals, but I am pretty confident that when the original 2nd Amendment was drafted the authors had NO idea that something like semi-automatic rifles was waiting down the road.
The second line of the Declaration of Independence states that our unalienable rights include "Life,. Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
Well I have to say that a bunch of microscopically hung ammosexuals running around with semi-automatic weapons negatively impacts at least two, if not all three of those.
Seriously how many classrooms full of young children, moviegoers in their theater seats, or mall shoppers have to be slaughtered before we pull our heads out of our asses?