Thursday, June 26, 2008

Victory for Gun Ownership Rights

District of Columbia v. Heller

The Supreme Court has affirmed the Heller case, which overturns the DC gun ban.
From Scotusblog:

10:13 Ben Winograd -The Court has released the opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller (07-290), on whether the District’s firearms regulations – which bar the possession of handguns and require shotguns and rifles to be kept disassembled or under trigger lock – violate the Second Amendment. The ruling below, which struck down the provisions in question, is affirmed.

Justice Scalia wrote the opinion. Justice Breyer dissented, joined by Justices Stevens, Souter and Ginsburg. We will provide a link to the decision as soon as it is available.

The first line of Scalia's opinion says it all:
The 2nd Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with the service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes such as self defense within the home.

It was 5-4 again, but this time Kennedy came down on the correct side. It's scary to think we were only one liberal vote away from losing individual gun ownership rights.

*Presidential Elections matter people. Despite the spin we'll hear from all the liberals and MSM, this is historic. I don't need the Supreme Court, any court, or politician to tell me I have a right to own a gun in order to defend myself and family. I also don't need the courts to tell me the Constitution is right. We already know this! This cherry picking of the Constitution has got to stop, otherwise what other Amendment should go? How about women's right to vote? It's all 27 or none!

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