In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld the 2nd Amendment by striking down the Washington D.C. ban on gun ownership.
Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the opinion of the Court saying that the Constitution protects an individual’s right to own a gun.
“We hold that the District’s ban on handgun possession in the home violated the Second Amendment, as does its prohibition against rendering any lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense.” wrote Scalia.
Joining him in the decison were Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.
This decision was not without its restrictions. The Court, in their opinion, made it clear that the right to keep and bear arms is not all inclusive and is still subject to some regulation. Scalia added that there are a “variety of tools” such as “measures regulating handguns” available. “The enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table,” which includes measures such as an “absolute prohibition of handguns.”
Banding together against the Constitution were Justices John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David Souter and Steven Breyer.
This decision is history making as the Supreme Court has made decisions reaffirming every other right in the “Bill of Rights” but has never made a decision of this magnitude reaffirming the 2nd Amendment since the Constituion was adopted in 1788.
This ruling will also affect the handgun ban in Chicago and all other cities, and probably states, that believe they are above the Constitution.
The most suprising element of this ruling is that four Justices rejected the premise that the 2nd Amendment is the only one that is NOT and individual right. This should tell you the direction this country will be headed in if the left wing radical liberals take control of all three branches of government. This amounted to 4 Justices trying to declare a part of the Constitution to be unconstitutional.
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