The U.S. Supreme declined this week to take up a challenge to New York and Connecticut laws banning assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines.
The laws were passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 20 young children dead. The decision not to hear the case means the laws will remain in place.
The U.S. Bishops have generally supported assault weapons bans. For a background on their position, click here.