A petition to the United States Supreme Court has been filed by a group of Maryland citizens, with the assistance and support of the National Rifle Association, which seeks to reverse a Court of Appeals ruling.
The said ruling stripped popular American rifles of Second Amendment protection, as well as certain magazines for those rifles.
The 4th Circuit ruling in the case Kolbe v. Hogan is a direct contradiction of the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision, District of Columbia v. Heller, which re-affirmed American citizens’ right to self-defense.
“Lower courts have been making up their own rules when it comes to the Second Amendment for too long, and the Kolbe decision crossed yet another line,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director, NRA Institute for Legislative Action. “The Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. The popular rifles and standard magazines banned in Maryland are some of the best tools for self-defense. We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will reverse this egregious decision.”
Back in February, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the 2nd amendment does not protect or cover the rights of Americans to own certain rifles — like the AR-15 — and detachable magazines that hold over 10 rounds of ammunition.
In the petition, it asks the Supreme Court to confirm that it’s ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller actually protects such items of weaponry.
By holding that the Second Amendment does not apply to common firearms and magazines, the 4th Circuit has gone further than any other court in attacking Second Amendment freedoms.
“Maryland’s ban on commonly owned rifles and magazines is unconstitutional. The National Rifle Association will continue to fight for all Americans’ Second Amendment rights.”