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Supreme Court won't hear challenge to assault weapons ban

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge to a Connecticut law that bans assault weapons.

The New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in October that the law didn’t violate the Second Amendment and was not void for vagueness. The law was passed after the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

The law had banned popular weapons such as AR-­15s and AK-­47s, the Washington Post reports.

“The court’s action Monday continues a pattern” that began after the U.S. Supreme Court found an individual right to own a handgun at home in Washington, D.C., and extended that right to prohibit similar state bans, the Post says. Since that time, “the justices have avoided all cases that might clarify whether that right is more expansive or which restrictions are too burdensome.”

The case is Shew v. Malloy.

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