Federal Lawsuit Against "Assault Weapons" Ban Filed In Maryland

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) challenged Maryland’s “assault weapons” ban in a new federal lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The Firearm Policy Coalition (FPC), Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), and several individual citizens joined in the Bianchi, et al. v. Frosh, et al lawsuit.


The plaintiffs protest the state of Maryland’s violation of the “rights to keep and bear common arms” for thousands of Marylanders including the plaintiffs, their members, and supporters.


They say the law prohibits them from owning certain firearms despite being “legally eligible to possess and acquire firearms, have a fundamental, constitutionally guaranteed right to keep common firearms for defense of self and family and for other lawful pursuits.”


SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb said that the state of Maryland has enacted laws that ban firearms “just because they look like other guns.” He pointed out that there was no legal basis for such a ban.


Anti-gunners claim that AR-15 style firearms are "weapons of war" because they resemble automatic firearms used by the armed forces. However, classification is to misguide the public because such firearms only discharge a single projectile per trigger pull.

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Firearm Policy Coalition Legal Strategy Director Adam Kraut said that “assault weapons” were among the most commonly owned firearms and are excellent for self-defense.


“Maryland’s ban on these firearms robs its citizens of their right to choose, forcing them to purchase and use firearms that may not be what is best for them, including defending their homes and their families,” Kraut continued.


He added that all law-abiding citizens have the constitutional rights to buy any semi-automatic firearm currently existing in the market.


“Maryland’s laws are unconstitutional and we look forward to vindicating the rights of our clients and all individuals in Maryland and across the United States in this case and others,” Kraut concluded.


The classification of “assault weapons” relies on the political determination of the anti-gun authorities. The more radical the anti-2A administration is, the larger the collection of firearms considered as assault weapons.


Since any semi-automatic firearm could be declared an "assault weapon" regardless of its lethality, the prohibition is just an excuse to progressively ban all firearms in the United States.

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