Federal Court Upholds Bulk Of Gun-Control Laws Passed In Wake Of Newtown

19 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Appeals Court Affirms State Gun Control Laws Passed After Sandy Hook Shooting.

The 2nd U.S. NEW YORK (AP) — Gun control laws passed in New York and Connecticut to ban possession of semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School were mostly upheld Monday by a federal appeals court.

New York has set the example – and it’s far past time for Washington to follow suit and pass a sensible national gun control policy.” “The laws were challenged by coalitions of gun owners, firearms dealers and gun rights advocates. But in victories for gun owners, the judges upheld a lower court’s decision to strike down a New York law that barred gun owners from loading more than seven bullets into a magazine and also struck down a Connecticut prohibition on the non‐semiautomatic Remington 7615. These weapons are disproportionately used in crime, and particularly in criminal mass shootings,” according to the ruling written by circuit judge Jose A Cabranes. “They are also disproportionately used to kill law enforcement officers.” The three-judge panel noted that the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting in December 2012 occurred when 154 rounds were fired in less than five minutes, killing 20 children and six adults and renewing a nationwide discussion on the role of guns in America and how to diminish the threat of large-scale shootings.

Several upstate gun owners groups had sued to overturn the laws, arguing that they violated the 2nd Amendment by infringing upon an individual’s right to bear arms. Their ruling says the core provisions of these laws do not violate the Second Amendment.” The court did, however, find certain parts of the laws unconstitutional.

The laws, which represent some of the strictest in the country, were challenged as unconstitutional by groups including gun owners and firearms dealers. Victoria Soto, 27, was among those killed. (AP/Jessica Hill, File) But the court found Connecticut’s ban on a non-semi-automatic Remington 7615 unconstitutional.

His Connecticut counterpart, George Jepsen, called the court’s decision “deeply gratifying”. “At a time when many Americans have abandoned hope of government’s ability to address gun violence in our schools and on our streets, Connecticut’s laws – and today’s decision – demonstrate that willing states can enact meaningful reform to improve public safety without violating the second amendment,” Jepsen said in a statement. “Now that the court has ruled, it is time for everyone involved in the critical debate about how to keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous and unstable people to come together to work toward sensible solutions that will keep our communities safe.” The plaintiffs in the case were groups supporting gun rights, pistol permit holders and gun sellers. It tightened up an assault weapon ban already on the books, and allowed anybody who already owned one of these guns to keep it, as long as they registered that ownership with the state police.

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