25 US states call on SCOTUS to consider arguments against Maryland gun control law

An alliance made up of half of all the nation’s states is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a landmark gun control case.

According to Fox News, the plea involves a challenge to a state law implemented in Maryland.

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Representatives from 25 U.S. states made their argument within hours of Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement announcement this week.

Specifically, the states — Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming — want the Supreme Court to hear the case of Bianchi v. Frosh, which challenges the Firearms Safety Act of 2013.

As news reports explain, the state law requires would-be gun owners to submit to safety training and fingerprint analysis prior to receiving the license needed to purchase a pistol.

Furthermore, the strict legislation restricts the size of magazines and bans the purchase of so-called assault rifles.

For their part, the 25 states behind the latest plea assert that some of the tools and features banned by the Maryland law can actually serve to make it safer to own a gun.

“Misguided overreach”

The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the law, hence the effort to take the case to the Supreme Court.

Arizona Attorney Mark Brnovich, a Republican, is one of the driving forces behind the effort and released a statement on Thursday to express his position.

“Americans do not require approval from a local jurisdiction to exercise their constitutional rights,” Brnovich asserted. “We must vigorously oppose this type of misguided overreach at all levels of government.”

All of the state representatives involved in arguing for Supreme Court intervention assert that the Maryland law infringes on the Second Amendment rights of American citizens. It is unclear whether justices will ultimately agree to hear the case.

“Americans bearing these firearms benefit public safety, counterbalance the threat of illegal gun violence, and help make our streets safer,” read Brnovich’s press release. “SCOTUS should not allow a state to invade its own citizens’ constitutional rights. If left untouched, Maryland’s unconstitutional ban on firearms and the Fourth Circuit’s erroneous standard threaten the constitutional rights of all Americans.”

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