Supreme Court Lets Local Assault Weapon Ban Stand

Supreme Court Lets Local Assault Weapon Ban Stand

Supreme Court Lets Local Assault Weapon Ban Stand

In a victory for gun-control advocates, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected a 2nd Amendment challenge to laws that forbid the sale or possession of semiautomatic weapons that carry more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

The justices by a 7-2 vote refused to review rulings by judges in Chicago who upheld a ban on assault weapons in the city of Highland Park, Illinois, as a reasonable gun-control regulation.

Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia dissented.

The court’s decision, while not a formal ruling, strongly suggests the justices do not see the 2nd Amendment as protecting a right to own or carry powerful weapons in public. In the court’s only two decisions upholding gun rights, the justices struck down city ordinances in Chicago and Washington, D.C., that prohibited residents from keeping a handgun at home for self-defense.

Since then, the justices have repeatedly refused to hear appeals from gun-rights advocates who have sought to extend the 2nd Amendment right to protect the carrying of weapons in public.

The high court’s action comes at a time of renewed anger and fear over the use of military-style assault weapons in the shootings in San Bernardino, California; Paris; and Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 

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