Oh, now this is going to be fun…

….right here:

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to decide whether strict local and state gun control laws violate the Second Amendment, ensuring another high-profile battle over the rights of gun owners.
The court said it will review a lower court ruling that upheld a handgun ban in Chicago. Gun rights supporters challenged gun laws in Chicago and some suburbs immediately following the high court’s decision in June 2008 that struck down a handgun ban in the District of Columbia, a federal enclave.

As well they should review it, and strike it down. I understand what Judge Easterbrook was getting at when he cited the principle of federalism in his opinion, but the Second Amendment should not allow for gun bans on the state and local level any more than the First Amendment allows states, counties or cities to require a license for a newspaper or to allow the newspaper to print only so many copies per day, week or month.

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One Response to “Oh, now this is going to be fun…”

  1. southtexaspistolero Says:

    mike w. (64.206.252.211)
    Exactly. The whole “states rights” position is bullshit. It doesn’t mean the states have the authority to violate the Constitution.

    You think people would be screaming about states rights if Louisiana decided blacks could be slaves? or women couldn’t vote.

    Most of the BOR has been specifically incorporated, and even those that have not are generally considered to apply against the states.

    AFAIK the right to petition was never specifically incorporated, but I doubt anyone would argue that you have no Constitutional Right to petition your State/Local government for redress of greivances.

    Pretty sure the SCOTUS never explicitely incorporated the 3rd either.
    September 30, 2009, 1:11:16 PM CDT – Like – Reply – Moderate

    Bob S. (209.12.109.210)
    I want to see places with crime problems or poverty problems start making people get a license to have children.

    That will clear up the incorporation issue toot sweet.
    September 30, 2009, 4:09:09 PM CDT – Like – Reply – Moderate

    the pistolero (68.203.231.7)
    Exactly. The whole “states rights” position is bullshit. It doesn’t mean the states have the authority to violate the Constitution.
    Yep. I am honestly astonished that supposedly enlightened individuals are trying to justify their violations of the Constitution. Why is it okay for the Second Amendment if it’s not okay for other parts of the Constitution?

    I want to see places with crime problems or poverty problems start making people get a license to have children.
    I can hear the lefties going into apoplectic fits all the way down here.
    October 1, 2009, 11:16:36 AM CDT – Like – Reply – Moderate

    totwtytr (24.34.8.236)
    Funny how the overwhelmingly liberal anti Second Amendment folks are trotting out “states rights” in this case. In every other case involving the Bill of Rights they argue against states rights.

    Hopefully this will be another step on the road to full fire arms civil rights in the US.

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