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Supreme Court denies cert in 2 cases upholding gun restrictions

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear challenges to gun restrictions in Maryland and Florida.

The court left in place decisions upholding an assault-weapons ban in Maryland and an open-carry ban in Florida, report SCOTUSblog, the Constitution Daily, Bloomberg News and the Washington Post.

Kolbe v. Hogan challenged Maryland’s ban on semi-automatic rifles and large-capacity magazines.

The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had used a “sweeping rationale” to uphold the ban in an en banc opinion, according to the Constitution Daily. The appeals court had ruled that states could ban any weapon that is “most commonly useful in military service.”

In Norman v. Florida, the Florida Supreme Court had upheld a state law that bans carrying guns that are not concealed. A Fort Pierce man, Dale Lee Norman, challenged the law after he was arrested for walking on a sidewalk with a holstered handgun.

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