BREAKING: Federal Court Says Connecticut’s Gun Ban is Legal
In a blow to gun rights everywhere, a federal judge has ruled that Connecticut’s ban on “assault weapons” (yes, that is an actual, legal term in the state of Connecticut now) is completely constitutional.
The court case was brought by a large group of gun manufacturers, retailers, gun rights groups and individual gun owners.
According to The Courant,
“The court concludes that the legislation is constitutional,” senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello wrote in a decision published late Thursday. “While the act burdens the plaintiffs’ Second Amendment rights, it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control.”
The legislature enacted comprehensive restrictions on ownership of semiautomatic weapons and ammunition early last year in the emotionally charged weeks following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Troubled gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 first-grade students and six women with a now-banned AR-15 Bushmaster assault rifle his mother bought…
…”Obviously, the court cannot foretell how successful the legislation will be in preventing crime,” Covello wrote. “Nevertheless, for the purposes of the court’s inquiry here, Connecticut, in passing the legislation, has drawn reasonable inferences from substantial evidence.”
The plaintiffs are expected to appeal the decision.
U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello is 81 years old and was appointed by President George HW Bush (aka Bush Sr.) back in 1992.