Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Banning Assault Weapons is Not Unconstitutional Judge Says
If you don't feel safe in your home state, you might want to consider moving to New York. A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that New York's strict new gun laws were constitutional.
The judge, William M. Skretny of Federal District Court in Buffalo, said bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines were legally sound because they served to "further the state's important interest in public safety." This is an argument that I thought should have been made long ago. Who can honestly say that protecting 6-year-olds is not a public safety issue?
The judge further explained that the gun law only affected a subset of firearms which New York State has determined to be particularly dangerous and not necessary for self-defense; it does not totally disarm the state's citizens; and it does not meaningfully jeopardize their right to self-defense.
No doubt the ruling will be appealed, and will probably end up in the Supreme Court.
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