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Setback in Connecticut ‘only first battle in multi-year legal war’

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Setback in Connecticut ‘only first battle in multi-year legal war’

A federal judge has upheld the State of Connecticut’s sweeping gun control laws enacted last year in response to the Sandy Hook “gun-free zone” shootings, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
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A federal judge has upheld the State of Connecticut’s sweeping gun control laws enacted last year in response to the Sandy Hook “gun-free zone” shootings, the Associated Press reported Thursday. United States District Court Judge Alfred Covello at Hartford issued a 47-page ruling in the case of Shew v. Malloy admitting “While the act burdens the plaintiffs’ Second Amendment rights,” but then claiming “it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control.”

Judge Covello, a George H.W. Bush nominee, reasoned the law should stand because “the legislation here does not amount to a complete prohibition on firearms for self-defense in the home.

“Indeed, the legislation does not prohibit possession of the weapon cited as the ‘quintessential self – defense weapon’ in Heller, i.e., the handgun. In other words, ‘the prohibition of [assault weapons] and large – capacity magazines does not effectively disarm individuals or substantially affect their ability to defend themselves,’” Covello elaborated, leaving the Constitutional mandate “shall not be infringed” unacknowledged.

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