Assault Weapons Ban Upheld

HARTFORD, CT, February 2, 2014 – In response to the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook, the Connecticut General Assembly passed legislation banning assault weapons in Connecticut. This ban was challenged by certain groups who argued this law violates their right to possess firearms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

This past week United Stated Federal Judge Alfred V. Covello upheld the legality of this law. He wrote that the act is “substantially related to the important governmental interest in public security and crime control.” Judge Covello ruled the law did not violate the Constitution. Gun rights groups are expected to appeal this decision to the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision of that court could potentially be appealed to the United States Supreme Court.