Supreme Court Affirms Lower Court Ruling Banning Assault Weapons

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Good news -- the Supreme Court has rejected an appeal of a ruling handed down by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Among half a dozen other decisions released this morning, this ruling will allow a ban on assault weapons in the states of New York and Connecticut to remain on the books.

In October, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the bans. It said the core provisions of the New York and Connecticut laws prohibiting the possession of semiautomatic assault weapons and large‐capacity magazines do not violate the Second Amendment and provisions in the laws are not vague.

"Because the prohibitions are substantially related to the important governmental interests of public safety and crime reduction, they pass constitutional muster," the court said.

If New York and Connecticut can ban assault weapons other states may at least attempt to do the same but, unfortunately, Democrats do not control very many states.

With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and rumors that Clarence Thomas may retire after the November election, it's possible the next president could appoint two justices within a relatively short period of time. I expect unfettered access to guns in America will be reviewed by the Supreme Court at some point in the near future and justices appointed by the next president could make the final call.

I doubt anyone reading this needs another reason to get out and vote against Donald Trump, but there you go.

Senate Republicans are still holding Scalia's seat open in the hopes that Donald Trump will name his replacement.

  • Christopher Foxx

    it’s possible the next president could appoint two justices within a relatively short period of time

    And very likely they’ll end up appointing four before their time in office is up.

    I’ve been saying for months, everything else is immaterial next to that. A bad President can screw things up for a decade or so. The Supreme Court’s decisions affect generations.

  • Aynwrong

    I hate to say it this way, but Antonin Scalia’s death is seriously paying off. If Hillary gets into the White House there is more than a serious possibility that the GOP and the Conservative movement will lose the Supreme Court for a generation. OR TWO!!!
    The degree to which this would allow America to make genuine progress or at least prevent the God dammed Republican party from blocking that progress or undoing the the 2nd half of the 20th century may be impossible to estimate at this point. For that reason alone:

    VOTE HILLARY, 2016!!!!

  • Badgerite

    I heard that Justice Thomas’s wife scotched that. Too bad. One would think he could nap or read the paper as well in an RV as on the bench. Better even.

    • JMAshby

      I read her comments, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. She’s not exactly a paragon of honesty.

      • Badgerite

        Well, I, for one, would certainly encourage them to “see the USA in their Chevrolet”. Or we could start a kickstarter campaign to send them on an around the world cruise.

  • THIS, more than any other single factor, should drive Democrats to the polls to vote for Hillary, no matter who they previously supported. If you’re not voting Hillary because you’re pissed about Bernie, then you suck in every way a person can suck.

    • Victor the Crab

      A-fuckin’-men to that!

  • ninjaf

    If the US Congress needs a road map for the kind of laws they can enact. they now have one. No need to try to patchwork across all 50 states.

  • About durn time. Now let’s pray really heard that Hillary wins and Thomas retires.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      … And the Blue Shirts take the Senate …