U.S. District Court Upholds Connecticut's Limit on Assault Weapons Passed in Wake of Newtown Shooting | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

U.S. District Court Upholds Connecticut's Limit on Assault Weapons Passed in Wake of Newtown Shooting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE • January 31, 2014 • Contact: Jennifer Fuson 202-370-8128 or media [at] bradynetwork [dot] org

Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence Statement on Decision in Shew v. Malloy

Dan Gross, President of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, made the following statement on today’s ruling:

"Today the U.S. District Court properly upheld sensible gun reforms that reflect the will and best interest of Connecticut's citizens. In passing this law, Connecticut legislators put the safety of the people over the profits of the corporate gun lobby. Today's important ruling shows that sensible gun reform and the second amendment can coexist. And Connecticut will be a safer state as a result. The Court has affirmed the wishes of the people of Connecticut; the leaders in Congress need to follow the state’s example and do the same on behalf of the overwhelming majority of all Americans who support sensible solutions to gun violence.” 

Jonathan Lowy, Director of the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project, stated:

“The courts are in agreement that the Second Amendment does not entitle people to possess military-style assault weapons of the sort used to wreak havoc at Sandy Hook and many other mass shootings. While the corporate gun lobby would like to profit from unusually dangerous military-style weapons, the Constitution does not protect these weapons of war.”


Today, Judge Alfred V. Covello of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut upheld the gun violence prevention law passed by the state legislature in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Connecticut’s Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety, adopted in April 2013, instituted universal background checks for all gun sales and banned the sale and possession of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The case challenging the law, Shew v. Malloy (Case No. 3:13-cv-00739-AVC), filed in May 2013, only applies to the assault weapon portion of the law. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed an amicus brief supporting the law in October 2013; the brief was joined by the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.