WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) released the following statement Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to not consider a challenge of Connecticut’s state law banning assault weapons. The Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the case means the federal appeals court ruling that the ban complies with the constitutional right to bear arms stands.

“Military-style assault weapons have no place in our schools or on our streets. Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court isn't a surprise, but it's still very important. It reaffirms what we know is true—that commonsense limitations on weapons of war do not infringe on the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners. Connecticut has led the country with our gun safety laws, and now more than ever we should be seen as a model for Congress when it comes to how best to help keep our communities safe from gun violence.”