Federal judge upholds MA ban on assault weapons

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Robert Freiberger Flickr

A federal judge on Friday upheld a MA law banning assault weapons including the AR-15, saying the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment guarantee of Americans' right to bear firearms does not cover them.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm, but the high court has not directly addressed assault weapons in the same context.

Unlike Highland Park, Deerfield opted not to enact a total ban on assault weapons during a 10-day window that IL lawmakers' gave home-rule municipalities in 2013 before the state's new Firearm Concealed Carry Act eliminated their ability to do so.

The Boulder City Council passed the first read of an ordinance that will ban the sale and possession of assault weapons in the city, . Survivors mobilized on social media and successfully pushed for a new gun-control law in Florida, which triggered a lawsuit by the National Rifle Association. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services.

Since the expiration of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban in 2004, there hasn't been any official definition for the term.

Healey's review was in response to the June 2016 shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, where 49 people were killed by a gunman brandishing a semi-automatic rifle and a semi-automatic pistol.

The decision was blindsided by Healey, who explained the decide's conclusion "vindicates the best of these people of MA to protect themselves from these weapons of war along with also my office's initiatives to enforce the law". "Strong gun laws save lives, and we will not be intimidated by the gun lobby in our efforts to end the sale of assault weapons and protect our communities and schools", she said in a statement.

"My class time is eaten up by the fact that there's a very real fear a person with a firearm will enter my school to harm myself and my peers", she said.

The NRA did not respond to a request for comment.

The term "assault weapons" is non-technical and "entirely fabricated" to politicize the most popular types of guns in the USA, according to the gun owners' complaint.

After gun rights advocates sued to challenge the Highland Park ordinance, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled in the city's favour, finding that the ban left residents "with many self-defence options", including handguns. This sparked the promise of a lawsuit from two gun rights groups Wednesday and the materialization of separate litigation filed Thursday by a Deerfield resident backed by another pair of Second Amendment organizations.

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