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Dear Editor:

I learned something recently that I did not know. The Supreme Court has ruled, and lower courts have confirmed, that assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are not protected by the Second Amendment. In February 2017, Maryland's ban on 45 kinds of assault weapons and its 10-round limit on gun magazines were ruled constitutional by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. "Put simply, we have no power to extend Second Amendment protections to weapons of war," Judge Robert King wrote for the court, adding that the Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v Heller explicitly excluded such coverage. DC v Heller overturned Washington D.C.'s ban on handguns, but Justice Antonin Scalia continued, "The Second Amendment does not protect those weapons not typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes."

If more voters know that the extreme position of opposition to any laws regulating any guns is NOT, in fact, constitutional, then maybe more of our elected representatives will use common sense to include assault weapons with the other weapons of war that are already banned, while still protecting the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms for lawful purposes. Maryland's law could be the model for the national level.

Robert Riggs
Paonia

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