Be aware of court ruling on Second Amendment

Amateur Second Amendment scholars and the author of the March 10 opinion piece in The Bulletin titled “The Second Amendment should not be infringed” would do well to understand the position of the U.S. Supreme Court on gun regulation.

The majority opinion in the 2008 District of Columbia vs. Heller case supported the right of District residents to own handguns, and at the same time it included the following qualifications:

“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 long-standing 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.”

Owen Mitz


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