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  • December 23, 2010

    Breyer's Curious Interpretation of the 2nd Amendment-9


    The debate between those who think the U.S. Constitution is a "living document" subject to revisions inspired by contemporary fits and fads, and those who think it should be adhered to as originally written and intended, was on stark display on Dec. 12 when Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, speaking on Fox News Sunday, declared that the Founding Fathers did not intend firearms to go unregulated.

    Of course, Breyer was one of four dissenting justices in the 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller case, which overturned a firearms ban in the District of Columbia, and in last summer's McDonald v. city of Chicago case, which ruled the city's gun ban was unconstitutional, so his views should not be surprising.

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  • December 21, 2010

    City of Constitutional Contempt-7


    Second Amendment attorney Alan Gura filed an appeal on Dec. 14 in the case of Ezell v. Chicago, which not only challenges the city's ban on gun ranges, but seeks to answer two fundamental questions:
    Do the Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution apply in Chicago?
    Must Chicago adhere to rulings issued by the U.S. Supreme Court?
    Apparently, the Chicago City Council doesn't think so.

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  • December 15, 2010

    Second Amendment Battles Heating Up in State Legislatures-1


    Agitation for restoring Constitutional rights to carry firearms, whether concealed or in the open, will surface in many state Legislatures nationwide in 2011. Already, new bills have been proposed in Texas, Arkansas, Ohio, Hawaii, New Hampshire, and California calling for an end to restrictions and prohibitions on citizens' Second Amendment rights.

    Texas could become a key battleground for expanded concealed/open carry in public, as well as on college campuses. Two months before the Legislature reconvenes, gun advocates are already asking state lawmakers for proposals geared to give gun owners more freedom.

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  • December 14, 2010

    Of Age and Reason-6


    In September, James D’Cruz tried to buy a handgun at a shop in north Texas and was rebuffed because Federal law prohibits licensed gun dealers from selling handguns to anyone under the age of 21.

    As a sane 18-year-old with no criminal history, Texas law still allowed D'Cruz to buy handguns from unlicensed sellers, such as a friend or a vendor at a gun fair, and rifles or shotguns in licensed shops.

    But D’Cruz claims the federal prohibition infringes his constitutional rights. The National Rifle Association (NRA) agrees. Now, D’Cruz is a plaintiff in two federal lawsuits filed in Texas. One takes issue with the 1968 federal ban on selling handguns to those under 21; the other challenges the Texas law on concealed handguns, which limits licenses to those who are at least 21.

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  • December 10, 2010

    Obama nominates anti-gun zealot to be top gun cop-3


    President Barak Obama has nominated Andrew Traver to be the new director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). Traver, a Chicago native and special agent in charge of the city’s BATFE division, "supports banning .50-caliber rifles, something that would cause many gun shops to close," wrote Amanda Carey in The Daily Caller on Dec. 5.

    But that's the least of the problems Traver poses to gun owners' rights, according to John R. Lott, Jr., in a Dec. 12 blog.

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