February 8, 2016—Professor Adam Winkler was quoted in the Baltimore Sun on how a federal appeals court dealt a potentially serious blow to Maryland's landmark 2013 gun control law and similar measures across the country, ruling that a lower court was wrong when it upheld the state's ban on assault rifles. The judges returned the challenge to Maryland's gun law to the U.S. District Court with instructions to apply the constitutional test of "strict scrutiny" when considering whether the ban violated the Second Amendment.
"About three in four laws subjected to this standard of review are struck down," Professor Winkler said. But he added that gun laws have a better chance of ending up in the 25 percent that survive because they're based on a justification of public safety. This is the first decision in which a federal appeals court has questioned bans on "military-style" rifles and high-capacity magazines.
"These laws are at the very heart of the gun control movement's agenda today," he said.