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Federal Judge Upholds Massachusetts Ban On Assault Weapons

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A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit claiming the state's ban on assault weapons violated Second Amendment rights.

Massachusetts’ ten-year-old ban on assault weapons was upheld Friday when U.S. District Judge William Young ruled that the firearms and large magazines banned by the state are “not within the scope of the personal right to ‘bear Arms’ under the Second Amendment.”

Young dismissed the lawsuit filed last year by the Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts claiming that the ban infringed upon their Second Amendment rights.

The features of a military-style rifle are "designed and intended to be particularly suitable for combat rather than sporting applications," Young wrote.

Massachusetts was within its rights since the ban passed directly through elected representatives, Young decided.

“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.”

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