Judge upholds Connecticut’s assault weapons ban

Judge upholds Connecticut’s assault weapons ban

A federal court in Hartford, Conn., upheld the state’s tough assault weapons ban, saying it is constitutionally valid.

“The court concludes that the legislation is constitutional,” senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello, wrote in a decision published late Thursday. “While the act burdens the plaintiffs’ Second amendment rights, it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control.”

The state Legislature enacted comprehensive restrictions on ownership of semiautomatic weapons and ammunition early last year in the emotionally charged weeks following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Troubled gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 first grade students and six adults with a now-banned, AR-15 Bushmaster assault rifle his mother bought.

Photo: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signs a historic gun control bill into law on April 4, 2013. (Michael McAndrews / Hartford Courant)

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