Speak Up: Federal judge affirms Delaware’s ban of assault weapons, large-capacity magazines


A federal judge March 27 affirmed Delaware legislation enacted in 2022 that regulates assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. The laws withstood a challenge from the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association and others, who sought a preliminary injunction to suspend the statutes as a case against them continues.

In a 31-page opinion, Judge Richard G. Andrews of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware stated that the plaintiffs had failed to establish the likelihood of success of its position on the merits and that irreparable harm would result in the absence of a preliminary injunction.

Association President Jeff Hague said that “The DSSA and the other plaintiffs are all disappointed the judge didn’t agree with our request for an injunction against the state to keep them from enforcing what we believe were unconstitutional laws. “That’s all he’s done at this point. He hasn’t rendered any decision on the underlying issues, the constitutional issues.

  • This is fantastic. There will never be another school shooting in the state of Delaware ever again. Bravo! — Eve Angelique
  • Only proving that, even after the judge said the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association was correct in its assessments, the judge can still not like it and be an activist. The Supreme Court was very clear on the test used as it relates to the Second Amendment and regulations. This judge decided he was above the Supreme Court. An opinion that will be rendered incorrect by those above him. — Jonathan Contant
  • The judge didn’t affirm it. He denied a preliminary injunction. This still goes to trial. — Brandon Partain
  • Great ruling by this judge! Question to my conservative friends: Do we put our children’s safety first or do our guns come first? Simple question! — Ruth Hamilton
  • This judge used personal opinion and not legal precedent. His argument doesn’t exist, as the U.S. Supreme Court has already covered it. — Brandon Partain
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