Today, CCDL joined a number of law enforcement and gun rights groups in filing an amicus curiae brief in the case of Kolbe v. Hogan. This is a case in Maryland that seeks to overturn their unconstitutional ban on so-called “assault weapons”.
CCDL and our members have a vested interest in this case, as any ruling by the Supreme Court in this case would have a national impact on similar gun bans; including Connecticut’s.
You can read the brief as submitted here: USSC 17-127 Amicus Brief – Kolbe v Hogan (pdf)
Maryland recently passed some unconstitutional gun laws similar to Connecticut’s. Also like here, MD gun owners are fighting it. And like here, a judge has ruled against them in the first round.
Between work, voting, and getting ready for tonight’s CCDL meeting, I haven’t had time to read the whole thing closely, but glancing through it the judge made some pretty outrageous assumptions, and this case is sure to be appealed.
The worst is that the judge expressed “doubt” that so-called assault weapons and standard capacity magazines are entitled to Second Amendment protection, as they are not commonly kept for lawful purposes. Specifically, they are either not used or are not useful for self defense. Unbelievable!
The point to remember is this:
“Elections matter, and your vote is important. The courts are nothing more than a reflection of the people we elect so your rights will be determined by your vote.”
The polls in CT are open today until 8pm. Senator John McKinney was one of the authors of the anti-gun law we’re fighting here in CT, and now he wants to be your next governor. You have until 8pm tonight to tell him “You’re fired!”. Go vote!
Here is the court’s decision in the MD case, Kolbe v. O’Malley. Kolbe v. O’Malley (pdf)