Supreme Court: Ban against full auto un-Constitutional
Atleast, that'd be the headline if the provision inside the 1986 FOPA banning FA weapons after that date ever makes it to the Supreme Court, and for one simple reason: Miller.
US v Miller, SCOTUS held that a weapon was not allowed because it was not 'in common use'. The corollary is that if a weapon is 'in common use', it's legal and allowed to be owned by civilians. FA rifles are 'in common use' by the military. Therefor, if they follow their own precedent, if this ever gets brought up in court, that subsection should be ruled unConstitutional. It's also predicated on the statement of "some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia".
And that too, is why an AWB will not hold up in courts, if they follow jurisprudence: Not only are 'assault weapons' in common use by civilians, but also by the police and the military. There is no way to get around that one. And a 'military weapon' has some 'reasonable relationship' with a militia, does it not?
Now... who wants to pony up the cash for this fight?
Re: Supreme Court: Ban against full auto un-Constitutional
It may be a possibility, and I agree with it in principle, but I think timing is off.
Gotta know when to strike.
Select fire weapons are not in common use among the population, thanks to the 86 law. So, I don't think it would fly on that alone.
If it could be proven that the people have the right to keep and bear arms, the same arms as a soldier may bear, then that might open a door. But that is a long way off given the fight we have now.
Time will tell.
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