Monday, February 22, 2010

To Keep and Bear Arms

Tom Palmer, one of the plaintiffs in the partially successful District of Columbia v. Heller (554 U.S. 2008), is now trying to sue the District of Columbia to force it to respect the other part of the Second Amendment. Heller partially established the right to own (keep) a gun now the fight is carry (bear) that gun outside the home.

Predictably,
Jonathan E. Lowy, a lawyer with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, says he thinks the case, pending in U.S. District Court, is open and shut.

"To force the general public to be exposed to the risk of loaded guns when they are out with their family in public areas is outrageous and has absolutely nothing to do with the right to defend the home," he says.
Alan Gura, who was counsel in the Heller case and this case as well, simply replies, "The idea that the right to bear arms is limited to walking around your house is silly."

Yes it is silly. I wish him luck.

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