Second Amendment doesn’t ensure all uses

Published Jan 30, 2013 at 04:00AM

Lyle Byler’s In My View deserves some light shone on it. First, the Second Amendment does not guarantee you the right to bear any type of arms you desire. The Supreme Court in 2008 in DC vs. Heller made this interpretation:

“Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues.

“The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.”

The 1994 “assault weapon ban” was/is legal. You have no more right to own or carry them than a machine gun, bazooka or rocket launcher. The cost to place trained and properly armed officers in every school (what about every building?) is estimated at $10 billion to $15 billion a year.

Byler’s statement that carry permit holders spend more time on the range than officers is laughable, since Oregon law doesn’t even require a permit holder to attend or certify at a range, at any time!

Lastly, every country with high firearms ownership has the highest homicide rates from firearms. And guns don’t kill people?

John Poe

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