Heller is merely the opening salvo in a series of litigations that will ultimately resolve what weapons and persons can be regulated and what restrictions are permissible. Near term, the court will also have to decide whether Second Amendment rights can be enforced against state and local governments. Despite those remaining hurdles, it`s fair to say the court`s blockbuster decision makes the prospects for reviving the original meaning of the Second Amendment substantially brighter. And given the unfolding presidential contest, it`s also fair to say that the court`s razor-thin majority conveys a crucial message: Judicial nominations matter.

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