Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Semi-Auto ban stands in D.C.- Minority: Ban is unconstitutional

D.C. laws prohibiting assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition-feeding devices do not violate the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday...Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg penned the 45-page decision, stating that the District showed a “substantial relationship between the prohibition of both semi-automatic rifles and magazines holding more than ten rounds and the objectives of protecting police officers and controlling crime.”Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson joined Judge Ginsburg in the majority, while Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh said he was sympathetic to the police department’s goal of reducing crime by restricting access to guns but that the prohibitions were unconstitutional. 
Dick Heller, the plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case, was among a group of D.C. residents who challenged the new regulations, claiming the registration procedures, the ban on most semiautomatic weapons and other limitations violated the intent of the high court’s decision.
A U.S. District judge in March 2010 dismissed the lawsuit, and the plaintiffs appealed.
The National Rifle Association, which backed the lawsuit, said in a statement that it disagreed with the decision and would be reviewing the decision and considering all its options.
“When it comes to self-defense, semi-automatic firearms of all types are an increasingly popular choice for most Americans, and the court itself admitted that semiautomatics are in common use...
Full story at Washington Times
Notice that Washington Times uses the language of the prohibitionists ("Assault weapons" rather than "Semi-Automatic firearm" and "Large capacity" magazines rather than "Normal capacity" magazines. This is not a Police State and just because the Police (chief) wants something, does not mean you  ignore the Constitution just to make him happy. Please note that D.C. is not a state and has no "Keep and bear arms" language in it's founding documents, making such an unconstitutional decision easier to force through. The minority decision is correct. More stupid lawyer tricks to come...(S9)

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