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Supreme Court Upholds Connecticut's Assault Weapons Bans

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Connecticut's assault weapon ban. Photo Credit: Wikipedia
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, is shown leading a filibuster on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday afternoon. Photo Credit: C-SPAN2 screengrab

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge and upheld Connecticut's assault weapon and large-capacity magazine ban, according to a Hartford Courant report.

These are two components of the gun law were passed after the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to the Hartford Courant.

Plaintiffs, composed of dealers of firearms, shooting enthusiasts, gun owners and right-wing activists supporting the Second Amendment, filed a lawsuit against Connecticut in federal court because they claim it violates gun ownership in self-defense, a constitutional right, said the Hartford Courant.

The plaintiffs lost in both the U.S. District Court in Connecticut and 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the newspaper reported.

Scott Wilson, president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, a case plaintiff, referred to the decision as "unjust," the Hartford Courant said.

"We look forward to one day having this challenged and this law being overturned in the courts," he told the Hartford Courant.

State lawmakers responded following Monday's ruling.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said: “Military-style assault weapons have no place in our schools or on our streets. Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court isn't a surprise, but it's still very important. It reaffirms what we know is true — that common-sense limitations on weapons of war do not infringe on the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners. Connecticut has led the country with our gun safety laws, and now more than ever we should be seen as a model for Congress when it comes to how best to help keep our communities safe from gun violence." 

Gov. Dannel Malloy said: "During tragic times, we acted. When we saw wrong, we did what was right. After enduring a moment as a state that shook our collective conscience and jolted the soul, we banded together and stood up for common sense. We passed one of the toughest, one of the smartest gun laws in the nation. As today shows, common sense has prevailed." 

“We appreciate the Supreme Court’s action today. It should be a demonstration to states across the nation that commonsense gun laws not only work, they are Constitutional. We must stand up against mass shootings. We cannot sit idly by and watch tragedy after tragedy, horror after horror. We have the ability to act – the question is whether or not elected officials have the will," said Malloy.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said: "Connecticut is proud to have passed some of the strongest gun laws in the nation, laws that have wide support among our residents, and that have withstood legal challenge. Connecticut stood up for our residents, and it’s time for Congress to stand up for the American people. I applaud the Supreme Court for their action today." 

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