December 18, 2004

Second Amendment Rights

The Justice Department has come out with a reasoned analysis arguing that the "right to bear arms" under the Constitution's Second Amendment is an individual right of citizens.

The memo by choice, does not address what, if any, regulation or limitation of this right is permissible under the Amendment.

Because I believe gun bans are ineffective in curbing crime, are a potential instrument of tyranny, and their advocacy reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of rural America now and in history, I'm pleased by this memo.

We shall see if the courts adopt this interpretation of the Amendment.

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