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[F]irearms deemed
" assault weapons "
are fairly ordinary,
popular, modern
rifles. This is an
average case about
average guns used in
average ways for
average purposes.
Plaintiff s do not have to shoulder the burden of
proving that they are entitled to enjoy Second
Amendment rights. The command of the
Amendment is that the right to keep and
bear arms " shall not be infringed. "
" As we put it, self-defense [is] 'the central
component of the right itself.' " -McDonald
There are probably more modern rifl es in
circulation than there are Ford F-150 pickup trucks.
In 2018, 909,330 Ford F-150s were sold. Twice
as many modern rifl es were sold the same year.
Imagine, every time one passes a new Ford pickup
truck, it is a reminder that two new modern rifl es
have been purchased.
In 1989, California's
Legislature predicted an
assault weapons ban would
eliminate or reduce mass
shootings. It has not turned
out that way ... . If Congress is
correct, the national
assault weapon ban also
did not work.
Almost one-half of all rifl es (48%)
produced in 2018 were modern
rifl es. That is 664,360 rifl es.
That same year, 34% of buyers
purchased a modern rifl e for
personal protection, while 36%
purchased for target practice
or informal shooting, and
29% purchased for hunting.
The Heller test is a test that any citizen can understand.
Heller asks whether a law bans a fi rearm
that is commonly owned by law-abiding citizens
for lawful purposes. It is a hardware test.
While the state
ought to protect its
residents against victimization by
a mass shooter, it ought also to
protect its residents against
victimization by home-invading
criminals ... . [T]he State's litigation
stance is more like the view
recently expressed by a police chief
in Oakland, California: we do not
want victims to arm themselves; we
want them to be good witnesses.
Of course, a dead victim is
a lousy witness.
The Second Amendment
" elevates above all other
interests the right of law-abiding,
responsible citizens to use arms
in defense of hearth and home. "
-Heller
The modern rifl e ban
strikes at the acknowledged
core of the Second
Amendment, which is
the right of self-defense
in the home. Heller held
that the " core " Second
Amendment right is for
law-abiding citizens to
defend hearth and home.
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Without question there is clear
evidence that AR-15 rifl es are and
have been used for self-defense.
For example, in one case an AR-15 was used in
Florida by a pregnant wife and mother to defend
her family from two armed, hooded, and masked
home intruders. As soon as the armed intruders
entered the back door of her home, they
pistol-whipped her husband-fracturing his eye
socket and sinus cavity. Then they grabbed the
11-year-old daughter. Before they could do any
more harm, the pregnant wife retrieved the family
AR-15 from a bedroom and fi red, killing one of the
attackers while the other fl ed.
Nationally, modern rifl es are ubiquitous.
In 2018 alone (the most recent year with
data), 1,954,000 modern rifl es were
manufactured or imported into the United
States. Over the last three decades,
19,797,000 modern rifl es have been
manufactured or imported into the
United States and the numbers have
been steadily increasing.

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