On Monday the Court of Appeals upheld NY and Connecticut’s gun law banning semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines. However, the court struck down a provision that wouldn’t allow licensed gun owners from loading more than seven bullets in a clip.
The pressure for strict gun control in Connecticut came after the Sandy Hook shooting that took place in December of 2012. Although coalitions of firearms dealers, sports shooters, and gun owners who say that their constitutional rights have been infringed upon, the court ruled against them stating that the core prohibitions did not violate the Second Amendment.
Core of NY & Connecticut laws to ban possession of semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity upheld by 2nd Circuit https://t.co/TGsSS1n0qO
— Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) October 19, 2015
Connecticut and NY have the most strict gun laws in the country. Many feel that since the court did not feel that such provisions violated gun-owners’ rights, other states may follow suit. However, according to Timothy Lytton, a teacher at Georgia State University College of Law, “court opinions like this are not likely to move legislatures.”
U.S. appeals court upholds law enacted in NY & CT after Newtown banning assault weapons & large-capacity magazines. https://t.co/G9dPi95pS7
— WTHR.com (@WTHRcom) October 20, 2015
2nd Cir. upholds constitutionality of key components of gun laws enacted in NY & CT in the wake of the Sandy Hook https://t.co/wU2BIqmAVw
— soniaansari (@soniaansari) October 19, 2015
— New York Law Journal (@NYLawJournal) October 19, 2015