We think it is beyond dispute from the record before us, which contains much of the same evidence cited in the aforementioned decisions, that law-abiding citizens commonly possess semi-automatic rifles such as the AR-15. Between 1990 and 2012, more than 8 million AR- and AK-platform semi-automatic rifles alone were manufactured in or imported into the United States. In 2012, semi-automatic sporting rifles accounted for twenty percent of all retail firearms sales. For perspective, we note that in 2012, the number of AR and AK-style weapons manufactured and imported into the United States was more than double the number of Ford F-150 trucks sold, the most commonly sold vehicle in the United States.
The Fourth Circuit Court returned the case to the lower court with the instructions to deal with it “under strict scrutiny.” The common plea by the Gun Control faction that Ugly Black Rifles are not weapons in common use and therefore can be regulated to death gets slapped by this court and it is now in the record.
What is next? We have conflicting court decisions across the nation, it may very well end up with SCOTUS.
Hat Tip to Clayton Cramer.