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The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that “strict scrutiny” must be applied to Maryland’s “assault weapons” ban, and kicked the case back down to District Court.  Moreover, they held that semi-automatic rifles such as the AR-15 and high-capacity (>10 rounds) magazines are in common use for self-defense, and are not “unusual or dangerous” enough to fall outside of Second Amendment protection!

Additionally, this creates a difference of opinion at the Circuit Court level, as the Second Circuit had previously held that only “intermediate scrutiny” need be applied to AW bans (NYSRPA v. Cuomo.)  This split could very well pave the way for a Supreme Court decision.  (For you lawyerly types, the text of the ruling is here.)

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