An MA judge, U.S. District Judge William Young ruled on Friday that the AR-15 was a Military Weapon, and therefore was not subject to the 2nd Amendment. His ruling upheld the Massachusetts ban on “assault weapons.” You can read his full ruling here.
“The AR-15 and its analogs, along with large capacity magazines, are simply not weapons within the original meaning of the individual constitutional right to ‘bear arms.'” Judge Young
The judge also mentioned in his ruling that “policy makers” were more suited to decide how to regulate weapons.
“Other states are equally free to leave them unregulated and available to their law-abiding citizens. These policy matters are simply not of constitutional moment. Americans are not afraid of bumptious, raucous and robust debate about these matters. We call it democracy.” Judge Young
Fox News reported,
The lawsuit was filed against state Attorney General Maura Healey last year by the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts, among other parties, who claimed that AR-15s couldn’t be considered a “military weapon” because of their inability to shoot in fully automatic mode. They also claimed the ban infringed on Second Amendment rights.
That notion was ruled out, however, as the judge pointed out that the design of semi-automatic AR-15’s is based on guns “that were first manufactured for military purposes” and that the AR-15 is “common and well-known in the military.”
Somewhere the attorneys for Gun Rights activists are severely dropping the ball in these types of cases. Or are they as ignorant as the liberals? The DESIGN was originally created for the military, but the civilian version of the AR-15 is most certainly NOT a military weapon. It is not a machine gun. If our military members were to use it in combat, they might not survive.
Nearly every gun anywhere was originally something else in its design, all had to be changed for civilian use. These rulings do not allow for the natural progression of any firearm. If these weapons aren’t the “original intent” of the 2nd Amendment, we might as well only have muskets. Repeating firearms are a later invention.
The AR-15 civilian gun does not shoot a continuous stream of bullets unless the gun has special accessories – like a bump stock – to make that happen.
Although we do have liberals who think it does. They’ve used terms like “rapid fire magazines,” “full semi-automatic weapons,” “bump sticks” and other assorted ignorance. I’m no firearms expert, but I try to learn from exposure to people who are. These people appear to have no intention of learning anything- they are hell bent to accomplish their agenda no matter what.
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