Thursday, August 24, 2017

Dave Kopel on "Kolbe vs Hogan" and the Racist Roots of Gun Control

The Independence Institute has filed an amicus brief in the case of Kolbe v. Hogan (VSSA has also joined a State Association Amicus opposing the 4th Circuit ruling).   It's an appeal to the Supreme Court of the Fourth Circuit's ruling supporting Maryland's "assault weapons" ban.  In the ruling, the majority opinion said so-called "assault weapons" can be banned because they are like "M-16s" and are "weapons of war", made for "mass carnage".  

Independence Institute Research director Dave Kopel was on NRATV's Cam and Company yesterday and said the Fourth Circuit used a shred of the Heller decision to claim that semi-automatic rifles are "weapons of war." It is not only unconstitutional, it is a danger to law enforcement. Police officers are not carrying weapons designed for "mass carnage." They are using appropriate firearms for lawful defense of their lives and the lives of law-abiding citizens.

Kopel also talked about his latest article in The Hill on the racist roots of gun control laws. Guns protect Americans from white supremacists, while gun control laws protect white supremacists.

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