Thursday, June 26, 2008

Individuals have a right to own guns

Great news out of the Supreme Court - they struck down the DC handgun ban!

Granted, the devil is in the details on these decisions - the current Post article that's up is very short. But once people get a chance to read the decision we'll have a better perspective on what exactly they said - but the Post coverage seems to suggest that it is the most conclusive interpretation of the second amendment since the amendment was written. However, the article also says that it shouldn't change most gun laws. Not sure how that will work, but it sounds fine to me. States and the federal government have a right to regulate commerce - so proper licensing and sales requirements make perfect sense and don't really have anything to do with the second amendment - those never bothered me. A ban on guns - as has been the case in D.C. for thirty years - absolutely violates the second amendment and its about time they took a firm stand on it.

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