Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy responded to the 2012 shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the same way as many other residents of his state and beyond. He began pushing for gun control laws that, according to the left’s flawed logic, would somehow dissuade criminals from obtaining firearms for nefarious purposes.
He was able to pass a law several months ago that would ban the sale of several types of guns, particularly within the nebulous category of “assault weapons.”
Though the initiative received support from a certain segment of the population, those who understand the right to bear arms as a guaranteed constitutional liberty fought valiantly to overturn the legislation.
U.S. District Judge Alfred Covello, in a somewhat disjointed decision, upheld the law while simultaneously giving a nod to those who oppose its mandates.
He conceded that the law “burdens the plaintiff’s Second Amendment rights,” though he apparently determined the “governmental interest of public safety and crime control” was a more important factor in the case.
Gun rights advocates, led by attorney Brian Stapleton, are prepared to appeal the ruling.
“This is a disappointing decision,” the lawyer said, “but not entirely surprising. This is a long way from over.”
The other side of the argument, of course, is dedicated to fighting for the restrictive legislation.
In addition to Malloy, Connecticut’s Attorney General George Jepsen expressed his approval of Covello’s decision.
“We will continue to vigorously defend them in the event of any appeal that may be filed of this decision,” he promised.
The debate over gun rights is certainly not limited to Connecticut. A recent poll indicates that, in just one year, the number of Americans who feel gun laws are too strict has more than tripled. During the same period, seven percent fewer respondents believe the government should pass additional gun control legislation.
–B. Christopher Agee
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