Judge Catherine C. Blake (pictured right) kept in place Maryland's ban and sale of “assault weapons” as well as magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
In her 47-page opinion, Blake wrote, “Upon review of all the parties’ evidence, the court seriously doubts that the banned assault long guns are commonly possessed for lawful purposes, particularly self-defense in the home, which is at the core of the Second Amendment right, and is inclined to find the weapons fall outside Second Amendment protection as dangerous and unusual.”
The judge went on to say that Maryland's ban serves the "government's interest" in protecting the public.
Second Amendment groups argue that the definition of "assault weapons" is fluid and vague, based on appearance. Gun control activists are pushing for the ban to be added at the state level since the federal ban is no longer in effect.
Blake's decision is viewable HERE.