In a major victory for gun control advocates, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request to hear an appeal from gun owners and dealers challenging Maryland’s assault weapons ban after a lower court upheld it, saying “we have no power to extend Second Amendment protection to the weapons of war.”
“Put simply, we have no power to extend Second Amendment protection to the weapons of war that the Heller decision explicitly excluded from such coverage,” Judge Robert King wrote in the majority opinion, citing a landmark Supreme Court case from 2008.
The Maryland General Assembly enacted the ban in 2013 after a gunman killed 20 children, ages 6 and 7, and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
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Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act of 2013 bans the AR-15 and other military-style rifles and shotguns, often referred to as “assault weapons,” and detachable large-capacity magazines.
The petitioners, however, argued that these weapons are commonly used for self-defense in the home and should be protected by the Second Amendment.
“This Court recognized and protected the principle at the heart of the interests enshrined by the Second Amendment: The individual — and not the government — retains the right to choose from among common arms those that they believe will best protect their person, family, and home,” they wrote in briefs.
Of the 30 deadliest shootings in the U.S. dating back to 1949, 18 have occurred in the last 10 years, with two of the five deadliest taking place this year.