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Proponents of the Second Amendment have had one heck of a week so far, thanks, surprisingly, to the notoriously liberal Ninth Circuit Court.

Earlier this week, this left-leaning court issued a ruling that essentially paved the way for the right to bear arms itself to act as an open carry permit throughout the United States.  Of course, the liberal left exploded at the idea that the Constitution may be interpreted as written, instead of as riddled with regulation the likes of which they themselves have been praying for.

Now, as Americans have an opportunity to fully digest this monumental ruling, another distinction made within the adjudication could mean massive exoneration for the left’s most hated firearm, the AR-15.

The argument that the left has made, time after time, is that semi-automatic rifles such as the AR-15 are “weapons of war”, or “assault rifles”, and have no place within the American citizenry.

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The obvious logical flaw here is that the Second Amendment was created precisely to allow We The People to go to war with a tyrannical government…but we’ll save that argument for another day.

The real problem here is that the AR-15 couldn’t compete with a war-capable military, and the Ninth Circuit Court has confirmed this.

In offering a definition of “military equipment” the settlement says:

The phrase “Military Equipment” means (1) Drums and other magazines for firearms to 50 caliber (12.7 mm) inclusive with a capacity greater than 50 rounds, regardless of the jurisdiction of the firearm, and specially designed parts and components therefor; (2) Parts and components specifically designed for conversion of a semi-automatic firearm to a fully automatic firearm; (3) Accessories or attachments specifically designed to automatically stabilize aim (other than gun rests) or for automatic targeting, and specifically designed parts and components therefor.

Attorneys in the case expounded on the amended regulations by pointing out that the settlement “expressly acknowledges that non-automatic firearms up to .50 caliber widely available in retail outlets in the United States and abroad [a scope that includes AR-15 and other assault-style rifles], are not inherently military.”

Second Amendment Foundation founder and executive vice president Alan Gottlieb spoke to Breitbart News about the settlement, saying:

Not only is this a First Amendment victory for free speech, it also is a devastating blow to the gun prohibition lobby. For years, anti-gunners have contended that modern semi-automatic sport-utility rifles are so-called “weapons of war,” and with this settlement, the government has acknowledged they are nothing of the sort.

The federal government now saying semi-automatic firearms below .50 caliber are not inherently military means that they are admitting that rifles like  the AR-15 are civilian in nature. This makes perfect sense, as they existed years before the military adopted the fully automatic version.

This shocking admission will likely be utilized by a plethora of pro-rights attorneys as they begin to navigate what exactly this could mean for the much-embattled Second Amendment, and for the rights of the American people as a whole.

Believe it or not, we have to tip our hats to this normally liberal court for taking the Constitution seriously.

 

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