Gun-rights advocates will appeal a federal judge’s decision upholding a Maryland state law banning certain assault-style weapons and ammunition magazines.
The Maryland Licensed Firearms Dealers Association Inc. and other plaintiffs filed a Notice of Appeal with the U.S. District Court in Baltimore, stating they will take their challenge to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The plaintiffs are challenging on Second Amendment grounds U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake’s Aug. 12 decision that the ban passes constitutional muster because it is “reasonably adapted to [the] substantial government interest” in ensuring public safety.
The Firearm Safety Act of 2013 bans 45 types of assault-style weapons as well as magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds.
The other plaintiffs include the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore Inc., Maryland Shall Issue Inc. and the National Shooting Sports Foundation Inc. They are represented by attorneys John P. Sweeney and T. Sky Woodward of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Washington.