US appeals court upholds core of NY, Connecticut gun laws

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A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the core provisions of two gun control laws passed in New York and Connecticut after the 2012 mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School that banned possession of semiautomatic assault weapons.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld the bans on semiautomatic weapons and large-capacity magazines, but struck down a New York provision regulating load limits and a Connecticut prohibition on the non-semiautomatic Remington 7615.

New York and Connecticut's gun control measures, among the strictest in the nation, were signed into law after a gunman killed 26 children and staff at the school in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012.

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US appeals court upholds core of NY, Connecticut gun laws

Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. -- 28 killed, 2 injured on December 14, 2012

This Dec. 14, 2012 aerial file photo shows officials standing outside of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. A report, released Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, on the Newtown school shooting says that gunman Adam Lanza had an obsession with mass murders but that investigators did not discover any evidence he had indicated to others an intention to carry out such a crime. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, file)

Hazard Community and Technical College in Hazard, Ky. -- 3 killed on January 15, 2014

Hazard Community and Technical College Senior Director of Advancement Ron Daley, right, stands in a parking lot on campus where at least two people were killed and one person was injured Tuesday evening on January 15, 2013. (Joshua Ball/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT via Getty Images)

Lone Star College - North Harris in Houston, Texas -- 3 injured on January 22, 2013

Students wait outside an entrance to the Lone Star College North Harris campus after a shooting on campus on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 in Houston. The shooting wounded three people and sent students fleeing for safety as officials placed the campus on lockdown, officials said. Harris County Sheriff's Maj. Armando Tello said authorities had detained a person of interest. Police did not provide any details about the people who were wounded. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, Calif. -- 6 killed, 4 injured on June 7, 2013

Police search the grounds of Santa Monica College after multiple shootings were reported on the campus June 7, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. At least six people died in the shooting rampage before police shot and killed a black-clad gunman in the college library, police said. (Photo credit JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nevada -- 2 killed, 2 injured on October 21, 2013

Law enforcement gather in the parking lot after a shooting at Sparks Middle School October 21, 2013 in Sparks, Nevada. A staff member was killed and two students were injured after a student opened fire at the Nevada middle school. The suspected gunman was also killed. (Photo by David Calvert/Getty Images)

Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. -- 2 killed on December 13, 2013

Community members gather during a remembrance of Claire Davis on the one-year anniversary of her death after shooting took place at Arapahoe High School. The remembrance was hosted at Clarity Commons on the school's campus on December 13, 2014. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico -- 3 injured on January 14, 2014

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez stands with 8th graders Kendal Sanders and Nathaniel Tavarez during her State of the State address at the New Mexico state capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Sanders and Tavarez were shot and injured by a class mate at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, N.M. last year. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)

Delaware Valley Charter School in Philadelphia, Penn. -- 2 injured on January 17, 2014

A police stands by caution tape at the Delaware Valley Charter School Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Philadelphia. Police say two students have been shot at the Philadelphia high school. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Near University of California, Santa Barbara, in Isla Vista, Calif. -- 7 killed, 13 injured on May 23, 2014

A woman places a candle in front of IV Deli Mart, where par of Friday night's mass shooting took place by a drive-by shooter, on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in the beach community of Isla Vista, Calif. Sheriff's officials say Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Wash. -- 1 killed, 3 injured on June 5, 2014

Students view a growing memorial at Seattle Pacific University near Otto Miller Hall Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle, where a fatal shooting took place Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore. -- 2 killed, 1 injured on June 10, 2014

Freshman Hailee Siebert, 15, cries on her mothers shoulder after students arrived at a shopping center parking lot in Wood Village, Ore., after a shooting at Reynolds High School Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in nearby Troutdale. A gunman killed a student at the high school east of Portland Tuesday and the shooter is also dead, police said. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. -- 5 killed, 1 injured on October 24, 2014

In this Oct. 24, 2014 file photo, Madison Wahlgren, 15, a sophomore at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, holds a candle following a memorial vigil at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash. Earlier in the day, a student opened fire in the cafeteria before taking his own life. One victim died the day of the shooting and three others died of their wounds in the days that followed. The shooting was among the top stories in Washington state in 2014. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fl. -- 1 killed, 3 injured on November 20, 2014

The Florida State University Marching Chiefs play during the Gathering of Unity candlelight vigil on campus after the shooting of three FSU students earlier in the day on November 20, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. About 3,000 students attended the vigil according to FSU Police Chief David Perry. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

Rosemary Anderson High School in Portland, Ore. -- 3 injured on December 12, 2014

Police investigators, parents, students and faculty members stand outside Rosemary Anderson High School following a shooting at the alternative school in Portland, Ore., Friday Dec., 12, 2014. A shooter wounded two boys and a girl outside the U.S. high school Friday in what is believed to be a gang-related attack, police said. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC -- 1 killed on April 13, 2015

A police officer stands by as students and faculty are allowed to return following a lockdown at Wayne Community College, in Goldsboro, N.C., Monday, April 13, 2015. One person was killed in a shooting at the community college that was locked down as authorities searched for a gunman, officials said. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. -- 1 killed on September 14, 2015

Liz Schmidt, widow of Delta State University history professor Ethan Schmidt, who was murdered by a colleague in his office Monday, left, is comforted by friends, Jenn Westmoreland, center and Amy Cotrell, prior to a candlelight memorial in his honor on the Cleveland, Miss., campus, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. -- 10 killed, 9 injured on October 1, 2015

Jessica Vazquez, left, hugs her aunt Leticia Acaraz as they await word on Acaraz's daughter at the local fairgrounds after a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz. -- 1 killed, 3 injured on October 9, 2015

Authorities investigate the scene outside a student dormitory in Flagstaff, Ariz., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, after an early morning fight between two groups of college students escalated into gunfire leaving one person dead and three others wounded, authorities said. The shooting occurred near the Northern Arizona University campus. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas -- 1 dead, 1 injured on October 9, 2015

Authorities investigate a shooting at Texas Southern University, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, in Houston. A student was killed and another person was wounded in a shooting outside a student-housing complex on Friday, and police have detained at least two people, authorities said. (Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle via AP) 


The Newtown shooting revived a national debate on gun control. At the time, President Barack Obama launched an aggressive gun control push but his efforts largely failed in Congress.

The appeals court, in upholding the provisions, ruled against coalitions that included firearms dealers, sports shooters and gun owners who claimed the mandates infringed on their Second Amendment rights to possess firearms in self-defense.

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