Fourth Circuit Rules Against Maryland ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban

Colt AR-15, now legal with a bayonet mount, flash suppressor, collapsible stock and a high capacity magazine that holds more than 30 rounds, sits on the counter of Dave's Guns September 13, 2004 in Denver, Colorado.
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit sent Maryland’s “assault weapons” ban back to a lower court today for further review because it “significantly burdens the exercise of the right to arm oneself at home.”

The Washington Post reports that the “law bans more than 45 types of assault weapons and clips that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.”

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D)–who supports the “assault weapons” ban–criticized the ruling, saying that “the majority” on the 4th Circuit “got it wrong.” Frosh added, “I think it’s just common sense that the Second Amendment does not give people a right to own military-style assault weapons.”

NRA-ILA’s Chris Cox said, “The Fourth Circuit’s ruling is an important victory for the Second Amendment. Maryland’s ban on commonly used firearms and magazines clearly violates our fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.”

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at