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A Bad Day For The NRA As Federal Court Upholds Gun Safety Laws In 2 States

It was a bad day for gun nuts running the NRA as the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan largely upheld tough gun safety laws in New York and Connecticut, including restrictions on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

CONCLUSION

To summarize, we hold as follows:
(1) The core prohibitions by New York and
Connecticut of assault weapons and large ‐capacity magazines do not violate the Second Amendment.

(a)
We assume that the majority of the prohibited conduct falls within the scope of Second Amendment protections. The statutes are appropriately evaluated under the
Constitutional standard of “intermediate scrutiny”—that is, whether they are “substantially related to the achievement of an important governmental interest.”

(b)
Because the prohibitions are substantially related to the important governmental interests of public safety and crime reduction, they pass constitutional muster. We
therefore AFFIRM the relevant portions of the judgments of the Western District of New York and the District of Connecticut insofar as they upheld the constitutionality of state prohibitions on semiautomatic assault weapons and large capacity magazines.

New York State Rifle and Pistol Association plans to appeal the ruling.

New York State Rifle and Pistol Association has a close relationship with the NRA. The organization’s president sits on the NRA board, so today’s loss was a defeat for the powerful gun lobby.

The Court found that the prohibitions on semiautomatic assault weapons and large capacity magazines in each state did not violate the Second Amendment. At a time when public support for gun control has jumped to 55%, the ruling is in line with the public’s frustration over the easy availability of guns.

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