High Court turns away challenges to Florida, Maryland gun control laws

The Supreme Court has declined to hear two Second Amendment cases, leaving in place gun control laws in Maryland and a Florida law prohibiting open carry of a firearm.

In each instance, justices on Monday refused to comment and allowed lower-court rulings to stand.

In the Florida case, the High Court was confronted with a lawsuit where the litigant was arrested for flaunting his holstered firearm, which was apparently visible as he walked along a street in 2012.

The petitioner, Dale Norman, was arrested and argued his rights were violated as a legal gun owner.  A lower court in Florida ruled the ban on open carry extends to citizens permitted to carry a concealed weapon.

In a second challenge originating in Maryland, justices rejected hearing a case decided in February, which upheld a ban on 45 types of assault weapons and magazines limited to 10 rounds.

Following the ruling in February in which 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined assault weapons were “weapons of war” and not protected by the Second Amendment, gun rights activists, the state’s NRA chapter and firearm dealers had asked the court to block the Maryland law which banned the sale of high-capacity rifles.

“The sands are always shifting with the Supreme Court,” said Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh. “I hope that this means they have reached a conclusion that they are not going to fiddle with assault weapons bans across the country.”

Among the strictest anti-gun laws in the nation, Maryland’s 2014 ban was enacted following the December 2012 Newtown, Conn., school shooting and sharply limited the sale of assault weapons, limited magazines, and required fingerprinting, training and licensing to own an high-capacity firearm.

The NRA maintains a 2008 Supreme Court ruling which cited the Second Amendment’s guarantee of a right to “keep and bear Arms” prohibits states from enacting all-out bans on “arms in common use for lawful purposes”.


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