U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake upheld a Maryland law banning the sale of so-called “assault rifles” and magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds, finding that it did not violate the Constitution. However, Maryland gun laws were not the only thing at stake in this case. In a 47-page opinion issued today, Judge Blake ruled that semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15 are not protected by the Second Amendment (emphasis added):
Upon review of all the parties’ evidence, the court seriously doubts that the banned assault long guns are commonly possessed for lawful purposes, particularly self-defense in the home, which is at the core of the Second Amendment right, and is inclined to find the weapons fall outside Second Amendment protection as dangerous and unusual.
This sets a dangerous precedent that other states are likely to follow. A little over a year ago, we discussed the topic of whether or not an “assault weapon” ban would be constitutional. The short version: weapons that are not “in common use” and are “especially dangerous” can be lawfully restricted. The fact that Judge Blake ruled that America’s Rifle, the AR-15, is not in common use is beyond ridiculous.
As far as the AR-15 being dangerous – well yeah, they are dangerous. That’s why we want them.