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Federal court rules U.S. Constitution does not protect assault rifle ownership

A federal appeals court ruled that gun owners are not protected under the U.S. Constitution to possess “weapons of war.”

“I think it’s a little ridiculous,” Michael Loy, Guns & Gear owner, said. “I think it is a lot ridiculous. I think that the decision compares in contrast into what our constitution was written for.”

The 10-4 court ruling comes in response to a Maryland law that was passed after a gunman killed more than two-dozen people inside a Newtown, CT, elementary school with an assault rifle.

“The idea that a specific type of firearm would not be protected under the Second Amendment is ridiculous,” said Loy. “I think our forefathers were smart enough to recognize our firearms were going to change as technology changed, and all firearms were protected under the 2nd amendment equally.”

Seven states, including California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, all have bans on assault rifles. Idaho does not. Lot believes the court decision will result in more sales.

“The decision will be good for the gun industry,” said Loy. “I think we will see a small spike in sales, and I think we will see more Americans and other civil rights hopefully more seriously.”

Four other appeal courts have rejected Second Amendment challenges to ban assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.

The Maryland case is expected to go to the Supreme Court.

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