We appreciate the Philadelphia Inquirer’s commitment to covering issues surrounding guns in our society.
Here is their March 6 editorial discussing the recent U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding Maryland’s ban on assault weapons: “Finally, some good news on gun control.”
On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled that the Second Amendment doesn’t protect assault weapons. Tuesday’s decision reversed a previous ruling in which a panel of judges had struck down Maryland’s ban on assault weapons and detachable large capacity magazines. Maryland’s ban will stand. This ruling is a great victory for gun safety advocates. See details in the Reuters report here.
In another favorable ruling, the 11th Circuit Court recently over-ruled Florida law that had criminalized Florida doctors counseling patients about the potential danger of gun ownership. Now, the First Amendment rights of doctors have been upheld. They can provide gun-related counseling where and when appropriate. (See previous post)