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State AGs Petition SCOTUS to Review Maryland’s Assault Weapon Ban

Top law enforcement officials from around the United States are urging the Supreme Court to take a strong look at Maryland’s ban on semi-automatic weapons.

In a legal brief filed last week, attorney generals from 21 states signed off on the review. The states include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

By signing the brief, the top cops have effectively thrown their support behind the plaintiffs in the case Kolbe v. Hogan. In a statement explaining the move, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey called Maryland’s ban an assault on constitutional rights.

“Banning certain types of firearms steps on the Second Amendment,” he said. “Law abiding gun owners routinely use these firearms for self-defense or sporting. Such an unconstitutional act cannot stand.”

Morrisey went on to say the case has powerful implications for the whole country, and reaffirmed his support for the Second Amendment.

The petition comes roughly 6 months after an appeals court upheld Maryland’s law. Learn more about that by watching the video below.

~ Firearm Daily

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