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Supreme Court Keeps Ban On Assault Weapons / Open Carry

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(Washington, DC) — The unelected men and women in black robes on the Supreme Court have struck again, refusing to take up two laws restricting Second Amendment rights at the state level.

The two gun control laws in question emanated from the states of Florida and Maryland, respectively.

According to an article in the Washington Times:

The Supreme Court announced Monday it had declined to hear two Second Amendment cases, leaving intact gun control laws in Maryland that restrict the types of weapons that can be bought, and in Florida that largely prevent gun owners from carrying their weapons in the open.

The justices denied both cases without comment, leaving in place lower-court rulings upholding the two laws.

The Florida case involved a challenge to the state’s ban on open carry, which extends to even those licensed to carry a concealed weapon.

Dale Norman challenged the law after he was arrested and fined for brandishing his firearm holster, which was visible while he was walking down the street. He argued prohibiting open carry violated his constitutional rights, but the Florida Supreme Court sided with the state.

In the Maryland case, gun owners had challenged the state’s ban on some semiautomatic rifles and large-capacity ammunition magazines. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected those complaints, saying the Second Amendment doesn’t protect military-style gear.

Last June, when the Supreme refused to take up the San Diego gun control policy that restricted access to gun permits, Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch joined together to scold their colleagues:

“[T]he Framers made a clear choice: They reserved to all Americans the right to bear arms for self-defense . . . I do not think we should stand by idly while a state denies its citizens that right, particularly when their very lives may depend on it.”

According to the Associated Press:

The high court has not re-entered the debate over guns since rulings in 2008 and 2010 that held that Americans have a constitutional right to have guns for self-defense in their homes and that local governments could not ban handguns.

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