(Bearing Arms) The guns rights community had hoped that the Supreme Court would hear Kolbe vs. Hogan, an important case on whether assault weapon bans are constitutional. Activists also hoped the Court would rule on whether Florida’s ban on open carry was constitutional.

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The hope was that since two lower courts have issued conflicting rules on assault weapon bans, Kolbe would be an ideal case for the Court to settle the matter once and for all.

It would have the added benefit of cutting off Dianne Feinstein’s nearly annual effort to ban assault rifles at the knees. Unfortunately, the Court decided not to hear the case.

“The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from Maryland gun owners who challenged the state’s assault weapons ban.”

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“The justices left in place a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the Maryland law that does not permit the sale of a range of semiautomatic weapons and large-capacity magazines. The banned guns include those that were used in recent mass shootings in a south Texas church and at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas.”

Not that Las Vegas or Texas should have anything to do with the constitutionality of a law, but it’s ABC News. What do you expect?

Perhaps the most annoying aspect of this, however, is that even the conservative justices declined to comment on the refusal.

“Perhaps the most noteworthy denials came in two cases involving gun rights: Kolbe v. Hogan, a challenge to Maryland’s ban on semi-automatic rifles and large-capacity magazines…”

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