Supreme Court Affirms Right To Bear Arms
For the first time in history, the United States Supreme Court upheld what most level-headed, Constitution-loving Americans already knew to be true: the Second Amendment guarantees that all Americans have the fundamental right to bear arms.
It’s a victory long overdue at a time when federal, state and local governments continue to try to restrict gun ownership with laws not worth the paper they are written on.
The Court, in a 5-4 decision, affirmed the Second Amendment’s literal meaning and means new challenges against restrictive and punitive local laws may now have new legs.
"It is clear that the Framers . . . counted the right to keep and bear arms among those fundamental rights necessary to our system of ordered liberty," Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote for the majority.
"We repeat those assurances here," Alito wrote. "Despite municipal respondents' doomsday proclamations, [the decision] does not imperil every law regulating firearms."
The decision, like those assuring Americans the right of free speech under the First Amendment, means gun ownership cannot be unduly restricted by Congress, state laws or city ordinance. It’s a watershed victory for gun rights groups, including the National Rifle Association.Continued on the next page