In 1998, Massachusetts banned assault weapons and large magazines. They said that these weapons are “not within the scope of the personal right to ‘bear Arms’ under the Second Amendment.” Today, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging that ban.
Young believes that the state of Massachusetts was within legal rights in restricting the weapons since the ban was enacted by elected representatives.
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“Other states are equally free to leave them unregulated and available to their law-abiding citizens,” Young wrote. “These policy matters are simply not of constitutional moment. Americans are not afraid of bumptious, raucous, and robust debate about these matters. We call it democracy.”
The lawsuit against the state was filed by the Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts. The suit stated that the ban infringed upon their rights.
Maura Healey (D), the attorney general for Massachusetts, said that this was a victory.
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