Maryland Bans Assault Weapons, Setting Up Supreme Court Showdown

Maryland Bans Assault Weapons, Setting Up Supreme Court Showdown

The state of Maryland prohibits the possession, sale, offering of sale, transfer, purchase, receipt, or transportation into the state of a so-called “assault weapon.” Maryland’s definition includes pistols, long guns including the AR-15, and similar modern sporting rifles. Ownership of such items has been restricted since the passage of the Firearms Safety Act of 2013 . Restrictions were also placed on detachable magazines with a capacity larger than ten rounds. However, the law did grandfather in firearms possessed by Maryland residents as of October 1, 2013. There have been several challenges to the law, and this month, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) petitioned the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) for review of their challenge to Maryland’s ban on modern semiautomatic rifles. The case ( Bianchi v. Frosh ) is named for three private citizens in the suit: Micah Schaefer, David Snope and Dominic Banchi. They are joined by SAF, CCRKBA, Field Traders, LLC, and the Firearms Policy Coalition. The plaintiffs are represented by David H. Thompson, Peter A. Patterson, and John D. Ohlendorf with Cooper & Kirk, PLLC in Washington, D.C., Raymond M. DiGuiseppe at the DiGuiseppe Law Firm, P.C. in Southport, N.C., and Adam Kraut, FPC in Sacramento, Calif. The question presented in the thirty-nine-page brief read , “Whether the Constitution allows the government to prohibit law-abiding, responsible citizens from protecting themselves, their families, and their homes with a type of ‘Arms’ that are […]

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