My dad just called me at work and said "Congratulations, your guns are safe!" What a goof.
Another UPDATE -
On 2nd thought, my complaints about not striking down the licensing requirements are unfounded, since they were not at issue in this case and were conceded at oral arguments. I also have to consider that thet majority likely had to make some concessions in order to get Kennedy on board. As seems to be the case in almost every major decision, Justice Kennedy is the key vote.
Thank God they got this part right! Possess AND carry! Pre-existing right!
"Putting all of these textual elements together, we find that they guarantee the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation. This meaning is strongly confirmed by the historical background of the Second Amendment. We look to this because it has always been widely understood that the Second Amendment, like the First and Fourth Amendments, codified a pre-existing right. The very text of the Second Amendment implicitly recognizes the pre-existence of the right and declares only that it “shall not be infringed.” As we said in United States v. Cruikshank, ..., “[t]his is not a right granted by the Constitution. Neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence. The Second amendment declares that it shall not be infringed ...”
Thursday, June 26, 2008
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