Federal judge upholds Maryland gun-control law

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A federal judge has ruled a Maryland ban on 45 assault weapons and a limit on gun magazines to 10 rounds is constitutional.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake released the ruling on Tuesday in Baltimore.

Maryland lawmakers approved the sweeping gun-control law last year in response to the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Attorneys who argued against key provisions in the law contended it violated Second Amendment rights. But lawyers for the state countered that the state took a reasonable approach by focusing on firearms used in military-assault style attacks and mass shootings to protect the public.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown released the following statement after the ruling was announced:

“In response to the tragedy in Newtown and the all too frequent acts of gun violence on our own streets, Marylanders came together and took real action by passing a common-sense gun violence prevention law,” said Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. “I applaud the Federal District Court's ruling today upholding the core provisions of the Firearm Safety Act. One of the most important responsibilities for any Governor is ensuring that all of our communities remain safe. As long as Larry Hogan and the Republicans continue to support the sale of military style assault weapons and 30 round magazines with cop killing bullets, our work is not finished. In this election, Marylanders have a clear choice between two very different futures for our families.”

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