Skip to comments.Federal Judge Upholds State's Tough Assault Weapons Ban (CT's Whole Anti 2nd Law Upheld)
Posted on 01/30/2014 6:14:50 PM PST by raybbr
HARTFORD Gun control advocates were buoyed Thursday by a federal court decision in Hartford that upholds Connecticut's toughest-in-the-nation assault weapons ban, calling it a constitutionally valid means of balancing gun rights and the government's interest in reducing gun violence.
"The court concludes that the legislation is constitutional," senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello wrote in a decision published late Thursday. "While the act burdens the plaintiffs' Second Amendment rights, it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control."
The legislature enacted comprehensive restrictions on ownership of semiautomatic weapons and ammunition early last year in the emotionally charged weeks following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Troubled gunman killed 20 first-grade students and six women with a now-banned AR-15 Bushmaster assault rifle his mother bought.
A coalition of gun owners, gun sellers and sports shooting organizations sued in U.S. District Court to block enforcement of the law and overturn it on constitutional grounds. The plaintiffs argued that the state's ban of 138 weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines is vague, discriminates among different categories of gun users and, most significantly, infringes on their Second Amendment right to gun ownership.
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For anyone interested [includes quotes from the judge on this case] . . .
Federal judge upholds Sandy Hook gun law
They are elitists for the most part - not too many William Buckleys left there.
They have unlimited power, they don't have unlimited authority.
We are no better off than an abused wife holding up a restraining order to fend off her attacking husband.
“government’s interest in reducing gun violence”
No such animal exists. guns are by nature passive. and are completely devoid of human attributes. they are made of wood, metal, plastic. this is result of failing to educate. the judge is a stupid moron.
He can read it, he just isn't constrained by it.
This clown makes it up as he goes along.
I’ve read a number of stories posted here on FR that an overwhelming majority of people are not registering their firearms and magazines. Hope it’s true.
"While the act burdens the plaintiffs' Second Amendment rights, it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control."IOW, government interest isn't constrained by the Constitution. Thanks raybbr.
Covello was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut by President George H.W. Bush on April 1, 1992. Meh.
"While the act burdens the plaintiffs' Second Amendment rights, it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control."
Connecticut...the Constitution State. Meh.
"Obviously, the court cannot foretell how successful the legislation will be in preventing crime," Covello wrote. "Nevertheless, for the purposes of the court's inquiry here, Connecticut, in passing the legislation, has drawn reasonable inferences from substantial evidence."
Pass a law and we'll see what is in it.
Covello adopted the state's arguments that assault weapons are designed, not for cosmetic purposes, but for "lethality." And he referred to an affidavit by a state expert who asserted that "Connecticut's bans on assault weapons and large capacity magazines, and particularly its ban on (large capacity magazines), have the potential to prevent and limit shootings in the state over the long run."
Spin spin spin
Covello: "several provisions of the legislation are not written with the utmost clarity."
There are a bunch of newly minted felons in CT...that’s why people are leaving in droves.
Take it to the USSC.
Revolt is coming.
I'm armed. I won't be abused.
They can “ban” whatever they want.
Buy them anyway wherever you can, stash them away.
You’ll need them.
“...we line up...”