Newell Normand: Supreme Court decisions on guns cases really troubling

Newell Normand
November 29, 2017 - 5:42 am

The Supreme Court says NO to open carry in Florida and YES to Maryland’s ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Check out Newell Normand's HOT TAKES on gun rights and the Second Amendment.

  • The thing that gets a little crazy in the Maryland case is that the law mentions guns that are “useful in military service.” A lot of guns are first developed for the military. Is the Colt 1911 pistol not protected anymore? I have several of those.
  • They define high-capacity magazines as those which contain more than 10 rounds. As a law enforcement officer, I carried a handgun that carried 15 rounds. That would be banned?
  • The Supreme Court declining to hear this case is really troubling to me. The lower court said you don't have Second Amendment protection for these types of weapons. It seems like they a whole new test, one that is much broader and subjective.
  • I was surprised the Supreme Court didn't take up this case. This issue isn't going away. It's going to be litigated in a number of states across the country. This military-use definition...that's the precursor to almost every weapon out there.
  • When you start looking at some of these definitions, things are getting a little dicey as to what it's going to ultimately lead to.  Some restrictions are going to be okay but not these. I don't know about you, but this new definition seems to be a little problematic to me.
  • We received this text message: “Anyone wanting to own an AR-15 and play soldier is welcome to drop in at their local recruiting center. They have an need for Rambos.”
  • Come on. That's Hollywood style thinking. The AR-15 is no different than any other weapon. Just like other guns, they can be modified a number of ways. And it's the same thing with cars. More people are killed with automobiles every year. Are we going to ban high-performance cars like the Porsche and Lamborghini because they go so fast?
  • If you do it for one instrument, you have to think about what you're going to do with all instruments. It all comes down to personal responsibility and accountability. I think people are just looking for a panacea.

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