Gun rights advocates challenge Maryland law at high court

Gun rights advocates took their case against Maryland’s strict Firearm Safety Act to the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, asking the justices to strike down a lower court ruling upholding the law.

Lawyers for the advocates argued that the 2013 law’s ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines violates the Second Amendment’s guarantee of the right to bear arms.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ban in February finding that a 2008 Supreme Court decision upholding the right to keep handguns to protect one’s home did not apply to what it called “weapons of war.”

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