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10.04.11 COURT RULES RIFLES AND MAGAZINES MAY BE BANNED.

APPEALS  COURT SAYS RIFLES AND MAGAZINES MAY BE BANNED.

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled that semi-automatic firearms and “large capacity” magazines may be banned.

In their ruling, the Court makes this bizarre assertion in reference to common semi-automatic rifles:

“Nevertheless, based upon the record as it stands, we cannot be certain whether these weapons are commonly used or are useful specifically for self-defense or hunting and therefore whether the prohibitions of certain semi-automatic rifles and magazines holding more than ten rounds meaningfully affect the right to keep and bear arms.”

The ruling is not a very big surprise in light what the Courts concluded in “Heller” but are a serious blow to gun rights non the less.Given the clear language of the Second Amendment, and the finding in the Miller case which concluded that only military weapons are protected, this is a strange and dangerous decision. But perhaps no stranger than others.

You can read the decision here.