Supreme Court Dodges Magazine Ban Question
Kevin Felts 11.28.17
As if straight out the movie The Matrix, the United States Supreme Court has dodged another gun case. This one has to do with Maryland banning so-called high-capacity magazines. No justices made a public statement about the case.
The law in question was passed after the Newtown, Conn. Sandy Hook school murders by Adam Lanza.
From Constitution Center: Supreme Court Justices allow ban on high-capacity guns.
None of the nine Justices recorded a public dissent from the refusal to hear a Second Amendment challenge to the Maryland law that was passed in 2013 in direct response to the Newtown, Conn., shooting massacre in 2012 of 20 school children and six adults by an assailant using a semi-automatic rifle, firing 155 bullets within five minutes.
Because the Court provided no reasons for bypassing review of the case of Kolbe v. Hogan, it was not clear that the series of such shootings across the nation over the past two years had had any influence on the Justices. The practical reality, though, was that the action left state legislatures with wide authority to react to such incidents.
Believe it or not, this may be a good thing. Hang on a second and please take a few minutes to hear me out. The Supreme Court refusing to hear the case turns it into a states’ rights issue. Each state will be able to pass laws which represent the citizens on that state. This beats something happening on a national level.
I am sure many of you would love to see the Supreme Court strike down the law. However, since this is a state issue, the citizens of that state need to work to get the law repealed. Citizens facing laws that could ban magazines should work to make sure such laws never get passed.
The end effect of this being a state issue should be more people getting involved in local politics. Get involved, get gun-friendly people elected, and kick the gun-grabbers out.
While I disagree with the Supreme Court deciding not to hear the case, I also understand that this could get more people involved on the state level. More pro-gun people being involved means we can get more pro-gun laws passed, and hopefully get rid of some existing anti-gun laws.
Let the citizens of each state decide what is best for them.