Monday, February 6th, 2023
Monday, February 6th, 2023

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Outdoor Observations

SECOND AMENDMENT RULING. There was celebration in Fairfax, Va. –
home of the National Rifle Association – last week, and by gun
owners around the country. Heck, I did a little two-step myself
after learning that the U.S. Supreme Court finally chimed in on the
interpretation of the Second Amendment.

Its decision is what gun owners have been claiming – and waiting
to hear from the court – for years.

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court struck down the District of
Columbia’s 32-year-old gun ban. In the process, it ruled that
individual Americans have a constitutional right to own guns for
personal use.

Hooray for our side!

Last week’s historic ruling was the first time in 69 years the
Supreme Court has taken up a case involving interpretation of the
Second Amendment. And it was the first time since the amendment was
ratified in 1791 that the court officially interpreted its
meaning.

The Second Amendment reads: “A well regulated militia, being
necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people
to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

The recent ruling concludes that the right to bear arms is an
individual right, not a collective right of those individuals
involved with a militia – a claim many gun-control advocates have
tried to perpetuate for years.

On the NRA Web site (www.nra.org), Wayne LaPierre, the group’s
executive vice president, proclaimed: “This is a great moment in
American history. It vindicates individual Americans all over this
country who have always known that this is their freedom worth
protecting. Our founding fathers wrote and intended the Second
Amendment to be an individual right. The Supreme Court has now
acknowledged it. The Second Amendment as an individual right now
becomes a real permanent part of American Constitutional law.”

The case heard by the court, District of Columbia v. Heller,
stems from a security guard’s challenge of a handgun ban in the
nation’s capital. In 1976, the city council of Washington D.C.
passed one of the strictest gun laws in the country, banning
handguns and requiring that rifles and shotguns be broken down or
secured with a trigger lock when stored.

Dick Heller, an armed security guard who lives in D.C., couldn’t
bring his pistol home with him after work. He sued the city,
claiming the law violated his Second Amendment rights. The U.S.
Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled the law
unconstitutional, but D.C. appealed to the Supreme Court.

Last week’s ruling likely will lead to future lawsuits by the
NRA to strike down restrictive, and now illegal, gun bans elsewhere
in the country.

Added the NRA’s chief lobbyist Chris Cox: “Anti-gun politicians
can no longer deny that the Second Amendment guarantees a
fundamental right. All law-abiding Americans have a fundamental,
God-given right to defend themselves in their homes. Washington,
D.C. must now respect that right.”

This ruling won’t put an end to the anti-gun crowd’s attempts to
restrict the use of firearms in America by law-abiding citizens.
But at least now there is no doubt that the Second Amendment does
in fact guarantee our right to own firearms. That’s a huge
victory!

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