WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a legal challenge that claimed the assault weapons ban included in New York’s SAFE Act was unconstitutional.
Without comment, the justices declined to review a lower-court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of the New York ban, which bars the sale of a series of semi-automatic weapons based on their physical characteristics. The high court on Monday also upheld a similar Connecticut ban on assault weapons.
Monday’s Supreme Court action means that a ruling from March by the 2nd Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals will stand. That decision was the second issued by the federal appeals court saying the SAFE Act’s ban on semiautomatic assault-style weapons, along with a prohibition on large-capacity ammunition magazines, do not violate the Second Amendment’s guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo – the architect of the SAFE Act – called the decision by the Supreme Court not to hear the case a victory for common sense gun control laws in New York and across the nation.