U.S. judge upholds Maryland ban on assault weaponsSubmitted by meekandmild on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:11
ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday upheld Maryland's gun control law, which includes a ban on assault rifles and a limit on magazine size, according to court documents.
he Firearm Safety Act of 2013 is one of the strictest legislative packages for gun control. The law was a response to the December 2012 massacre of 26 people at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, by a gunman with an assault rifle.
"I find the law constitutional," U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake said in her ruling.
Lawyers for gun groups had argued that the state's ban on semiautomatic weapons, which also limits magazine capacity to 10 rounds, was unconstitutional and deprived gun owners of their Second Amendment right to bear arms.