Gun Owners of America Aims to Torpedo the Maryland ‘Assault Weapons’ Law

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Gun Owners of America Aims to Torpedo the Maryland ‘Assault Weapons’ Law
Gun Owners of America
Gun Owners of America

Washington, DC –-(

“[The District Court] brazenly has ruled that Maryland may ‘infringe’ a right that the Constitution plainly states ‘shall not be infringed.’ Such a ruling cannot stand.” — from GOA’s brief in Kolbe v. O’Malley

A GOA-backed case is making its way through the court system right now — a case that, if successful, would bring down one of the toughest gun laws in one of the bluest states in the Union.

To this end, GOA and its foundation (GOF) are challenging Maryland’s so-called “assault weapons” ban in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Click here to read the brief in Kolbe v. O’Malley.

In 2013, Maryland banned the possession or transfer of what it calls “assault weapons” and prohibited the transfer of so-called “large capacity magazines.”

U.S. Federal Judge Catherine C. Blake
U.S. Federal Judge Catherine C. Blake

Chief Judge Catherine Blake, a Clinton-appointee to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, sided in favor of the law. But in doing so, she engaged in a form of analysis of the Second Amendment that may be without precedent in the history of the Republic.

After assuming the Maryland law “infringes on the Second Amendment,” she then ruled that its infringement upon the right to keep and bear arms could be justified as a means to better ensure Maryland’s public safety ends.

GOA’s amicus brief responds to several factually inaccurate statements made about firearms by the district court in its opinion. For example, the district judge mistakenly claims that so-called “assault weapons” are not in common use and are designed solely for offensive purposes.

Moreover, the judge claims that assault weapons fire at a greater distance and with greater accuracy than other firearms — as if a .223 bullet fired from an AR-15 will somehow travel further and more accurately than a 7mm bullet fired from a bolt action hunting rifle.

The judge claims that the rounds fired from assault weapons have more capability than other rifle rounds to penetrate soft body armor. In reality, caliber has nothing to do with the type of rifle, and moreover almost all (if not all) rifle bullets penetrate soft body armor, so there is nothing unusual about the bullets fired by an “assault rifle.”

Finally, GOA’s amicus brief reminds the court that the proper standard of judicial review was laid out by the U.S. Supreme Court in the D.C. v. Heller decision (2008). It is the constitutional text and history that governs the right to keep and bear arms, not judicial precedent and not ad hoc balancing of interests.

ACTION: There are two ways that you can help Gun Owners of America in continuing to bring cases like this before the federal bench:

  • Support GOA. You can go here to help support Gun Owners of America, to ensure that GOA can continue bringing quality briefs before the federal bench.
  • Support GOF through the CFC. Federal employees can designate Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) as the recipient of their gifts to the Combined Federal Campaign. Use Agency Number 10042 for Gun Owners Foundation when you make your Combined Federal Campaign pledge or donation.
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About:Gun Owners of America (GOA) is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership as a freedom issue. `The only no comprise gun lobby in Washington’ – Ron Paul Visit: to Join.

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The right of the people to be secure in their persons and effects. the right of the people to peaceably assemble, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, representatives are chosen every two years by the people. A standing army of any magnitude can never be formidable to the liberties of the people.


The right of the “people” to be secure in their persons, it doesn’t say..the right of the national guard or police. ..The right of the “people to peaceably to assemble. it doesnt say…the right of the national guard or police. the right of the “people” to keep and bear arms.. the word “people” is stated several times in the constitution. is the national guard or police the only “people” that elects their representatives? how about the 10 AMEND. the powers not delegated to the united states by the constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the… Read more »


just goes to show you should never confuse a liberal with the facts

Shawn Grammont

Her ruling is full of garbage.

Jesse Scott

Ever notice how you can look at someone and ‘liberal’ pops into your head.

duh duh

The liberal mindset of this “judge”… look what I made…a law. Feed an ego, starve the mind. You just can’t idoit proof a liberal from stupid.


Some of these states need to replace some ignorant , unfair , one sided , liberal judges .Judges often say ignorance is no excuse , well infringement of the 2nd amendment for the interest of public safety is unconstitutional. Firearm bans are unconstitutional since machine guns are lawfully possessed .Using states rights to override 2nd amendment rights is an overstep of the 10th amendment since all laws are derived from the Constitution. Furthermore since there is no argument that most gun laws infringement ones rights they are unconstitutional. As such a fair and impartial judge should not be looking to… Read more »


Finally a benefit from under-qualified, affirmative action judicial appointments…rulings that are paper thin, void of legal intellect and easy pickings for pro-2A organizations. Hopefully the GOA will prevail here then challenge New Jersey’s equally unconstitutional AWB.