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First Lawsuit Moving Forward Against Assault Weapon, Magazine Restrictions

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File photo of a semi-automatic weapon. (Photo by KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a semi-automatic weapon. (Photo by KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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In what could the the first legal challenge to the state’s expanded assault weapons ban, and the ban on large capacity ammunition magazines, a New London man is suing the state, seeking to overturn the new law.

Scott Ennis is  attorney Scott Camassar says his client suffers from Hemophelia and joint damage.

“He is not able to hold a rifle in the traditional manner,” Camassar said. “He uses a forward grip, pistol grip, a rifle built on the AR-15 platform, in order to use his gun for target shooting, for recreational shooting.”

Ennis, who created the group Disabled Americans for Firearms Rights, argues that the law discriminates against disabled people, by banning the sale of items they need to shoot.

The lawsuit says “The AR-15, due to its ease of handling, low recoil, adjustable features, and customizability, is particularly suited for disabled persons.”

Ennis also argues that disabled people are especially burdened by the ban on magazines with capacities of more than ten rounds, because it takes longer for some disabled people to change a magazine.

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