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    "The second amendment protects the right of the individual to protect themselves, independent of a state militia" Antony Scallia




    Answering a 127-year old constitutional question, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to have a gun, at least in one’s home. The Court, splitting 5-4, struck down a District of Columbia ban on handgun possession.

    Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion for the majority stressed that the Court was not casting doubt on long-standing bans on gun possession by felons or the mentally retarded, or laws barring guns from schools or government buildings, or laws putting conditions on gun sales.
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    64 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA v. HELLER

    Opinion of the Court
    In sum, we hold that the District’s ban on handgun
    possession in the home violates the Second Amendment,
    as does its prohibition against rendering any lawful fire-
    arm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate
    self-defense. Assuming that Heller is not disqualified
    from the exercise of Second Amendment rights, the Dis-
    trict must permit him to register his handgun and must
    issue him a license to carry it in the home.
    * * *
    We are aware of the problem of handgun violence in this
    country, and we take seriously the concerns raised by the
    many amici who believe that prohibition of handgun
    ownership is a solution. The Constitution leaves the
    District of Columbia a variety of tools for combating that
    problem, including some measures regulating handguns,
    see supra, at 54–55, and n. 26. But the enshrinement of
    constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy
    choices off the table. These include the absolute prohibi-
    tion of handguns held and used for self-defense in the
    home. Undoubtedly some think that the Second Amend-
    ment is outmoded in a society where our standing army is
    the pride of our Nation, where well-trained police forces
    provide personal security, and where gun violence is a
    serious problem. That is perhaps debatable, but what is
    not debatable is that it is not the role of this Court to
    pronounce the Second Amendment extinct.
    We affirm the judgment of the Court of Appeals.

    It is so ordered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauser1959 View Post
    Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion for the majority stressed that the Court was not casting doubt on long-standing bans on gun possession by felons or the mentally retarded, or laws barring guns from schools or government buildings, or laws putting conditions on gun sales.
    I read prelude to 14th incorporation right there. Due process allows those of us who are 'law abiding' the ability to enjoy their rights, and at the same time restrict those rights from those who have proven themselves a danger to others.

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