4th Circuit Hears Arguments on MD.’s Gun Grab Laws

A federal appeals court on Wednesday considered the legality of Maryland’s ban on certain semiautomatic firearms passed after the 2012 mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit agreed to rehear the case after a three-judge panel cast doubt on the constitutionality of the law that also prohibits magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Judges had tough questions for both sides as they weighed how far the Maryland legislature could go to limit individual rights to gun ownership.