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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge by gun rights activists to a Chicago suburb’s ordinance banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, handing a victory to gun control advocates amid a fierce debate over the nation’s firearms laws.

The 2013 ordinance passed by the city of Highland Park, Illinois will remain in place. By opting not to hear an appeal of a lower-court ruling that upheld the measure, the justices declined to take up what would have been a high-profile gun rights case following a succession of mass shootings including the one last week in San Bernardino, California.

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  1. Robert, I think the majority’s decision not to grant certiorari is based on the belief that the case is small potatoes and because they were unwilling to decide it on the grounds of the opinions of Thomas and Scalia, which were truly over-the-top. They argued that the constitution bans any prohibition of any weapon that can be used for a lawful purpose. (Since home defense is considered by the Court as a lawful purpose I don’t understand why plastic explosives or guns with spring triggers are not per se, both of which can protect a home’s perimeter. (Tactical nukes might be a stretch but I can even see the use in hunting, for example.)

    Anyway, IMO, he nut-cutting time will come when they have to decide whether to review the decision in New York Rifle and Pistol Association, Inc. v. Cuomo, which upheld (most of) the NY and CT laws passed in the aftermath of Sandy Hook. If the Court takes up those two cases it will be open season (literally) on gun control advocates.

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