Massachusetts gun ban upheld

Massachusetts gun ban upheld

Associated Press A ruling released Friday by a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging Massachusetts’ ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. 20-year-old law stays put after suit is dismissed Associated Press BOSTON – Assault weapons and large-capacity magazines are not protected by the Second Amendment, a federal judge said in a ruling Friday upholding Massachusetts’ ban on the weapons. U.S. District Judge William Young dismissed a lawsuit challenging the 20-year-old ban, saying assault weapons are military firearms that fall beyond the reach of the constitutional right to “bear arms.” Regulation of the weapons is a matter of policy, not for the courts, he said. “Other states are equally free to leave them unregulated and available to their law-abiding citizens,” Young said. “These policy matters are simply not of constitutional moment. Americans are not afraid of bumptious, raucous and robust debate about these matters. We call it democracy.” State […]

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