In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Thursday sided with a broad coalition of gun owners, businesses and organizations that challenged the constitutionality of a Maryland ban on assault weapons and other laws aimed at curbing gun violence.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the state's prohibition on what the court called "the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles commonly kept by several million American citizens" amounted to a violation of their rights under the Constitution.
"In our view, Maryland law implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment -- the right of law-abiding responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home," Chief Judge William Traxler wrote in the divided ruling.
Provisions that outlaw these firearms, Traxler wrote, "substantially burden this fundamental right."
Nobel Peace Prize nominees: The Greek island groups welcoming Syrian refugees, an escaped ISIS sex slave turned women's rights activist, the negotiators who ended five decades of civil war in Colombia, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. Oh, and Donald Trump. The Republican presidential candidate, who was hosting a reality TV show at this time last year, has been nominated for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize by a mystery patron, Nobel observer Kristian Berg Harpviken told CNN, confirming an earlier AFP report.
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The FBI released video Thursday of state police officers fatally shooting one of the armed Oregon protesters who took over a remote wildlife refuge. Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, 56, died Tuesday during the arrest of occupation ringleader Ammon Bundy and four others during a traffic stop near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. His death was captured on video taken from an FBI plane that shot footage as Finicum, driving a white truck, was pursued and ultimately confronted and killed by Oregon State Police officers. ... "Finicum leaves the truck and steps through the snow," [FBI special agent Greg] Bretzing said. "Agents and troopers on scene had information that Finicum and others would be armed. On at least two occasions, Finicum reaches his right hand toward a pocket on the left inside portion of his jacket. He did have a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in that pocket. At this time, OSP troopers shot Finicum." read more
Marijuana will be legalized in Canada on April 20th 2016. Before the legalization liberal party has decided the cost of marijuana at which it would be sold all across the Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself announced the prices.
Justin Trudeau stated that high quality marijuana would be produced in best soil' and sold to the people of Canada. At local marijuana stores in Canada, marijuana will be sold in a tight, sealed, smell-proof and clear plastic bag.
The prices are as follows:
$19.99 for a gram.
$499.99 for an ounce.
$249.99 for half an ounce.
Additional tax will be added.
Many Canadians are wondering what the legal age of possession or smoking marijuana will be. Justin Trudeau recently announced at a meeting with liberal party members that legal age for possession or smoking marijuana is 24 years old all across Canada in every province.