The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Keep and Bear
Maryland passed a law that banned semiautomatic rifles and detachable ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. The law is supposed to target assault rifles, but there are two major flaws that no one seems to be considering. First of all, the term ‘assault rifle’ is an ambiguous fallacy. They should mean ‘assault-style’ rifles, which is what they are targeting.
Secondly, the majority of semiautomatic rifles are NOT assault-style rifles. My dad used a semi-automatic 30.06 rifle for hunting and it only held 1 shell in the chamber and 3 in a small clip. Under the Maryland law, such a hunting rifle could be deemed illegal.
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The Maryland law has been legally challenged in the case of Kolbe v. Hogan. The Maryland law was upheld by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and is now on the docket of casespost was originally published on this site