Monday, June 28, 2010

Supreme Court (5-4) - 'Second Amendment Gives Americans a Fundamental Right to Bear Arms'

Two important gun cases decided, though the fight for the right to bear arms is not over yet with specifics that now need to be litigated. This is a positive framework though for those who believe strongly in that right.

"The Supreme Court ruled for the first time Monday that the Second Amendment provides all Americans a fundamental right to bear arms, a long-sought victory for gun rights advocates who have chafed at federal, state and local efforts to restrict gun ownership.
The case is Bilski v. Kappos.

The guns case was the logical sequel to the court's 5 to 4 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller. That decision established for the first time that the Second Amendment's "right to keep and bear arms" referred to an individual right, not one related to military service."

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