Appeals Court: Washington, D.C. Assault Weapons Ban Okay

A huge defeat for gun advocates -- an appeals court on Tuesday upheld an assault weapons ban for Washington, D.C.

Reuters reports that the panel upheld a lower court ruling that said the ban on semi-automatic weapons and large capacity magazines does not violate 2nd Amendment rights.

Judge Douglas Ginsburg wrote for the majority:

The District has carried its burden of showing a substantial relationship between the prohibition of both semi-automatic rifles and magazines holding more than ten rounds and the objectives of protecting police officers and controlling crime.

The vote was 2-1, with the lone dissenter saying the weapons ban is indeed unconstitutional.

The battle over guns in D.C. is far from over -- while the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld some registration requirements in the nation's capital, it sent other regulations back to district court for further discussion.

The Supreme Court's 2008 landmark Heller decision struck down a longstanding ban on guns in Washington.


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