The Truth About a Court Decision ‘Banning’ AR-15s

By Woody published on in General

You might have read some articles or seen headlines about a court upholding a ban on “assault rifles,” including the AR-15. Independent Program Attorneys at the law firm of Walker & Byington, PLLC have received many questions from members concerned that this ruling has made the AR-15 (and similar semi-automatic firearms) illegal “assault weapons” everywhere in the country. Is this the truth of the matter, or a case of media misinformation?

It is true that a federal appellate court did uphold an “assault weapon” ban; the Maryland federal appeals court, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, upheld a Maryland law as being constitutional that banned certain semi-automatic weapons, including AR-15s. While the decision is disappointing to gun owners everywhere, the good news is that the only people affected by the ruling will be individuals living in the Fourth Circuit. To give North Carolina and Virginia Members peace of mind, this decision upheld a Maryland law that was on the books; it does not apply the law to North Carolina or Virginia.

The bad news, though, is that Marylanders just lost a little more of their Second Amendment rights. The chances are that the case will go to the U.S. Supreme Court in the next few years so that the Court can decide whether these types of bans are unconstitutional. Until then, the people living in Maryland will not be able to own, protect themselves, or protect their families with so-called “assault rifles.”

Thankfully, members in most other states can continue to exercise their 2nd Amendment right to own AR-15s and other semi-auto firearms. And, as always, this ban is just a reminder that you visit certain states at your own risk! ~by Walker & Byington, PLLC

What do you think would be the outcome if this case was heard by the Supreme Court tomorrow? Would that change with the addition of a ninth judge (namely Gorsuch)? Share your answers in the comment section.

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You might have read some articles or seen headlines about a court upholding a ban on “assault rifles,” including the AR-15. Independent Program Attorneys at the law firm of Walker & Byington, PLLC have received many questions from Members concerned that this ruling has made the AR-15 (and similar semi-automatic firearms) illegal “assault weapons” everywhere in the country. Is this the truth of the matter, or a case of media misinformation?

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  • Steven Mitchell

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    Funny story about Maryland and their ban. I lived in the state for almost 30 years….its as liberal as it gets. Back when they banned AK’s and AR’s and high capacity mags, I had just bought a AK…it was grandfathered at the time. When the Governor (Paris Glendening) wanted a AK 47 to take to the state house to show the assembly in his push to ban them, he asked the State Police for one for show and tell…problem was, they didn’t have any….they said that one had never been used in the state in the commission of a crime. The State Police had to go to a gun dealer and barrow one. This was back when the Libs and Clinton were working on the Brady Bill. The only thing that kept me in that state was my job and after I retired, I got the hell out of there.

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    • Kim Clawson

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      I agree with Steven. After having lived next door in northern Virginia for over nine years, traveling almost daily into Maryland on business and hearing all the political nonsense and gun control legislation (restrictions) in Maryland, I would never live in that state as a gun owner or a conservative. Your 2A rights are always in question and the potential for prosecution from local government is not worth the risk.

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