During a conversation with Mark Levin at the recently concluded 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) blasted a February 4th Circuit Court decision upholding a Maryland “assault weapon” ban, saying the decision was “nuts.”
Speaking with Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin, the Texas senator said, “The Fourth Circuit used to be the most conservative court in the country. The Fourth Circuit now, they’ve invented this new test for the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment doesn’t protect a weapon if it would be useful in a military context.”
The senator noted the absurdity of such a test, saying, “This test isn’t just sort of questionable, it isn’t just a little bit out there. It is nuts! The Second Amendment was designed explicitly to protect weapons that would be useful in a military context.”
“You want to know the first gun control law in America?” Cruz asked the audience. “The first Congress passed a law mandating that all able-bodied men must own a musket.”
“That’s an individual mandate we could live with,” Levin said.
He added, “If we were living back in 1789, your musket would be really useful in a military conflict!”