Gun Law Inspired by Newtown Shooting Upheld

While gun control advocates celebrate the news, those who brought forth the suit say this is far from over.

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By Gary Jeanfaivre

A federal judge upheld an assault weapons ban in Connecticut put in place after the Sandy Hook School shooting, dismissing claims it violated the Second Amendment.

"While the act burdens the plaintiffs' Second Amendment rights, it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control," U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello writes in his 47-page decision, upholding the legality of the state's law.

The law, which is considered among the toughest in the nation, was enacted last year in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook that left 20 students and six educators dead.

The office of Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen provided the arguments in defense of the constitutionality of the law.

"We are heartened by Judge Covello’s ruling that has reaffirmed consistent rulings in other jurisdictions that banning military style assault weapons in the interest of public safety does not constitute an infringement of Second Amendment rights," Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence (CAGV), said.

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Jeff Dieffenbach February 04, 2014 at 04:20 PM
Steve, the state level comparison is interesting. And MA vs NH is particularly interesting, since they're in the same part of the country. As it happens, VT (lower than NH) and ME (2x NH) look a lot like NH--I'm assuming they have similarly relaxed laws. RI is a bit lower than MA, whereas CT is almost 2x MA.-----One general trend is that firearm murder rates per capita increase with both state population and state population density. Apparently, we use our guns on each other when we're closer to each other--no real surprise there.-----You might think that the murder rate would go up with increased firearm ownership, but that's not the case--it doesn't go up or down.----FYI, I'm looking at Wikipedia data here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_violence_in_the_United_States_by_state. -----This data doesn't show gun laws. On that measure, more gun laws correlates to fewer gun deaths. That's correlation, though, and not cause-and-effect.
steve forte February 04, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Funny thing Jeff and one that many find hard to believe is murder rates and availability of guns don't go hand in hand. Now if one were to compare areas with high volumes of gangs and murder rates Im guessing it would be a different story. Keep in mind VT dosnt have gun laws . The only law they have is the same one as the feds . Felons can not own guns. Aside from that any resident or nonresident for that matter can carry a concealed gun . No license , no anything. Go to a gun store , buy a gun , strap it on your hip and as long as your not a felon ( if you were you would not have been able to buy the gun anyway) and your good to go. Now AlaSKA HAS THE SAME TYPE OF LAW OR NOT A LAW , CALL IT WHAT YA WANT. yET THE MURDER RATE IS A LOT HIGHER.
Jeff Dieffenbach February 04, 2014 at 04:36 PM
What restrictions, if any, are there in VT as to where one can carry a concealed weapon legally?
Jeff Dieffenbach February 04, 2014 at 04:37 PM
A separate question: is it true that if you purchase a firearm at a "gun show," that there is not background check whereas there would be if the same purchase was made at a Wallmart?
steve forte February 04, 2014 at 04:43 PM
First question first for VT. Just what federal law says . NO courthouse , no schoolyard and no post office. Im not sure about places that serve alcohol. I know in NH you can if you are not drinking. As far as gun shows go it really is a whole lot of nothing. Im not an expert on gunshows as I have only been to about 3. Almost all the sellers there are licensed dealers who have brick and morter stores. The few I saw that were not were selling either antique or collectable rifles. By federal law it is illegal to sell a handgun in a private sale to anyone you have not personaly known for a minimum of 5 yrs. This is a law that is not enforced as it would be enforced by the ATF and as far as they are concerned in their own words it " a non issue" Basicly meaning it happens so little that they could not be bothered with it as they have much m ore important things to work on.


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