The state of Maryland is like other blue states. Even though it’s run by a Republican governor called Larry Hogan, its cities like Baltimore are overrun with violent crime and its gun laws are anti-2A.
There’s no better example than Maryland’s prohibition on semiauto guns. Because the Constitution still exists, however, this ban is now being challenged.
Bianchi v. Frosh
The case in question is Bianchi v. Frosh.
It brings up very crucial issues surrounding gun rights and the scope of the Second Amendment. Amicus briefs in support of repealing the semiauto rifle ban have been filed by numerous gun rights and constitutional experts.
Amicus briefs in the case have also been signed onto by attorney generals from 25 different conservative states. They argue states’ rights and prior decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) make it necessary to push back against Maryland’s extralegal restrictions on guns.
The reason Maryland’s ban is wrong goes far beyond ethics. It goes to the heart of the American legal system.
Twenty-Five States Join Maryland 2nd Amendment Advocates Against Oppressive State Gun Law – https://t.co/hpmHo3h7Z6
— Skeeter wysocki (@SkeeterWysocki) January 31, 2022
Here’s Why Maryland is Mistaken
The crucial case of Heller defined a lot about what restrictions are allowed to be put on weapons. The Fourth Circuit court’s idea that any weapons “like” or “similar” to military arms must be banned is a massive misunderstanding of what Heller decided.
If anything similar to a military weapon was now able to be banned, people wouldn’t be allowed to carry Colt 45s, since they’ve been a military issue in many cases.
What about basic rifles that can be used for hunting and other similar tasks? These were often used historically in wars. Are they to be banned also?
Maryland’s ban is not in defense of public safety or protecting the public as it claims. The high-power rifles that it prohibits from being bought or sold inside the state are actually better to defend yourself and easy to take care of properly.
Excellent explanation of why SCOTUS needs to take this case. — Maryland Rifle Ban in the Supreme Court https://t.co/ZGtvnNAz9A
— Tom Gresham (@Guntalk) February 14, 2022
The Bottom Line
The guns Maryland bans are not weapons of war. They are also used for hunting and for self-defense and self-protection.
The reason this is important to define is that the anti-gun left is always searching for an edge or an advantage to take our guns away. It’s good we have think tanks and vigilant professors and lawyers sending in amicus briefs to protect gun rights.
The Second Amendment is non-negotiable; when you hear politicians talking about things like “military-style” weapons, you know that you are hearing a load of baloney.
What is a “style?” A high-caliber and accurate weapon that shoots highly lethal rounds is what it is. It has uses for self-defense, hunting, and many other things. Let’s hope this case proceeds accordingly and leads to an expansion of gun rights.