Second Amendment case to be heard today

At 10 a.m. this morning the Supreme Court will hear…

At 10 a.m. this morning the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the D.C. vs. Heller case, which concerns whether the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms in addition to a state’s right to form a militia.  To read up on what’s going on in the industry and how the Supreme Court decision can affect you, click here or here and return back to share your thoughts about the issue.

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  • D. Murphy

    A tough subject. I read ‘militia’ to apply to persons storing a weapon allotted to them in relation to a task required of them in time of need, which may not necessarily be a handgun per se. As such, it seems that a rifle may not be unexpected (somewhat like the Swiss) and may, as such, by its banning, be an infringement of the 2nd amendment.

    Clearly, the ban is intended to de facto eventually remove the private ownership of weapons (which, incidentally, is not a banner under which sporting arms fall).

    It would be a poor argument though, to suggest it keeps weapons out of the hands of criminals. As is, conversely, not being permitted to carry a work tool outside of work.

    Law is a developing tool,what was once the norm may well change in time and fall into disuse.

    It would be interesting to see if there is any correlation between fall-off in ownership and increase in specific crime types relative to similar ‘states’. To follow the route, ‘because the law says I can’ can be a recipe for disaster for a small proportion – it removes ‘ownership’ of an element of responsibility attached to the bearing of arms.

    Perhaps, if WDC were viewed more as ‘home’, then if the ‘owners’ prefer carried arms to be absent, then their wishes ought to be adhered to.

    Begs the question though, when is an antique an antique! You know what they say, adapt and survive. All the best to you.