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Federal Judge Strikes Down Assault Weapons Ban, Says Prohibited Features Actually Make Guns Safer to Use

Friday, October 14, 2016 10:26
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 AR-15 rifles line a shelf in the gun library at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms National Tracing Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia December 15, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

It’s a good day for gun owners in the U.S.-controlled Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

A federal court ruled this week that CNMI’s “assault weapons” ban (AWB) violates the Second Amendment and actually makes semi-automatic rifles more difficult to use. The court also ruled that CNMI’s ban on rifles in calibers above .223, its ban on transporting operable firearms, and its $1,000 excise tax on handguns also violate the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

“The individual right to armed self-defense in case of confrontation… cannot be regulated into oblivion,” said Ramona Manglona, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands.


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