NEWTOWN, Conn –-(Ammoland.com)- National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has filed an appeal in the 4th Circuit federal court challenging Maryland’s prohibition on many popular models of semi-automatic rifles and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
At issue are provisions of the Maryland Firearm Safety Act of 2013, which outlaw the transporting, possessing, selling, transferring, purchasing, receipt of, or offer to sell so-called “assault weapons.”
With the exception of firearms possessed prior to 2013, two of the most popular rifles on the market today — the semi-automatic AR-15 and AK-47 platforms — are banned in the state.
NSSF also challenges the state’s decision to allow retired law enforcement officers but not the rest of the state’s citizens who may be equally or better qualified to own such a firearm.
About NSSFThe National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 6,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.
Allowing only retired LEO’s purchase of these weapons is insane. I shot well in the military, top 25%. I was a police officer in 2 different departments, and served 20 years total. We had weapons qualification yearly, I always shot well so I didn’t have a problem and passed each year with flying colors, qualifying with my police weapon as well as my off duty carry. You would be amazed, watching year after year, the same officers barely qualifying on the range. I would match any sports shooter against any retired LEO’s, and I’m sure the sports shooters would do… Read more »
I was a Police Officer in two Police Departments, which totaled 20 years as a police officer. During that time I had to attend mandatory yearly weapons qualifications. I always shot well, starting in the military. I have seen many police officers on the range that were pitiful shots, and year after year they only did well enough to qualify. Sports shooters, who fire often, are better shots than a lot of the Police are. So retired LEO’s can buy weapons that others cannot. Wow, what an injustice.
They will never stop , so we must always oppose statists with manly firmness. Gun owners are viewed as the
free thinking ” savage ” in Aldous Huxley’s ” Brave New World ” …….. ( order ? )
The State uses the old, but false, “we’re trained and they’re not” argument or they fall back on the “only ones” argument, meaning law enforcement are the only ones who can be trusted to safely handle such “dangerous” weapons. I witnessed this “us against them” mentality when I was an LEO. New police officers MUST be taught that law abiding citizens, armed, are an asset and their friends. That’s not easy when you have trainers and old timers who view anyone outside the “thin blue line” as a class below you.