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Maryland Democratic gubernatorial nominee Anthony Brown is praising a federal judge's ruling that upheld the state's ban on assault rifles and large ammunition clips.
In a statement, Brown called judge Catherine Blake's ruling important in "ensuring that all of our communities remain safe." In his current role as lieutenant governor, Brown helped usher through the law that passed the General Assembly last year and went into effect in October.
Just days before that start date, a collection of gun owners, sellers, and gun rights groups — but not the National Rifle Association — filed a lawsuit, claiming the new ban on 45 assault rifles and ammunition clips larger than 10 rounds infringed on their Second Amendment rights and was unconstitutional. That didn't stop the new laws from going into effect, but the suit proceeded.
In her ruling, Blake said the law "substantially serves the government’s interest in protecting public safety," and it does so without significantly burdening what the Supreme Court has now explained is the core Second Amendment right of "law-abiding, responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home.”