A federal judge has upheld a Massachusetts ban on assault rifles, finding it in line with a recent landmark Supreme Court decision that specified that the nation’s “historical tradition” must be respected when regulating firearms.
According to an opinion written by U.S. District Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV on Thursday, “the relevant history affirms the principle that there was a tradition of regulating ‘dangerous and unusual’ weapons – specifically, those that are not reasonably necessary for self-defense” even in 1791.
The judge ruled that the banned assault rifles in Massachusetts are “not suitable for ordinary self-defense purposes, and pose substantial dangers far beyond those inherent in the design of ordinary firearms.” They also pose other serious risks.
Most semiautomatic guns and magazines with a lot of ammunition are illegal in Massachusetts. It was established in 1998 and, as per the judge’s ruling, was made permanent following the expiration of a comparable federal act in 2004.
New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, a seminal Supreme Court decision on the Second Amendment, was released in June 2022. The decision increased gun rights across the country and stated that gun regulations should be in line with the country’s “historical tradition.”
A citizen of Massachusetts and the National Association for Gun Rights challenged the constitutionality of the assault weapons ban around three months later by suing the attorney general of the commonwealth. Their goal was to have the ban blocked.
A member of the NAGR’s legal wing has stated in an X post that the group intends to file an appeal of the ruling.
For comment, HEADLINESFOREVER has contacted the NAGR.
On Friday, the ruling was hailed as a “significant win” by Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell.
It is possible to enforce gun safety laws in a way that does not compromise public safety or the Second Amendment, according to Campbell. “The people will be protected and Massachusetts will maintain its leadership position on gun violence prevention as a result of this decision to maintain the state’s ban on assault weapons.”