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  1. #1 District of Columbia v. Heller 
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    The opinion was written by Scalia.

    The decision was split 5-4.

    The DC gun ban has been rejected.

    The Supreme Court has affirmed the individual right to bear arms. Thanks for giving us a scare Scalia (opinions are issued in order of seniority, Alito had the first, Scalia had the second, leaving Scalia, Roberts, or Stevens to author Heller).

    ... in other news the Millionaire's Amendment (Davis v. FEC), which required certain reporting of spending if an individual desired to spend more than $350,000 of his own money in a political campaign, was struck down as unconstitutional. The ruling was 5-4 along ideological grounds (Kennedy joined Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts in supporting free speech).
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    Sanity prevails in the Heller case.

    :D
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    Great ruling on the Heller case.:D....... now off to DU to watch some heads explode!
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    Opinion available here if anyone is interested.

    157 pages, hah!
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    Some further details from the opinion.

    - Restriction on ownership by felons or mentally ill are allowable.
    - Schools, Government buildings, and 'sensative zones' can remain gun-free.
    - Conditions on the sale of guns can be Constitutional (background checks, etc.)

    - A total handgun ban is unacceptable.
    - Trigger lock provisions or "disassemble & store" provisions are likewise unconstitutional.

    - Licensing of weapons was not challenged by Heller, and therefore not addressed.
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    - Trigger lock provisions or "disassemble & store" provisions are likewise unconstitutional.
    Yay! I still recall the Merced Pitchfork murders. Those kids would be alive today if California didn't have that ridiculous safe storage law. :mad:
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    The Constitution wins!
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    This ruling is not anywhere as good as it could be. At the end of the day all this rulling says is that we are only guaranteed to be able to keep weapons the politicians don't claim are unusually dangerous and only then if we keep them at home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jinxmchue View Post
    The Constitution wins!

    By one vote :mad:

    What part of the Second Amendment do those who dessented not understand?
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    Link to the opinion is here. courtesy of my friend American Citizen at Traction Control

    We now have a right to own guns, isn’t that special?!?!

    It seems to me that right has been in effect ever since the 2nd amendment was written. Many anti-gun lobbies have tried their best to interpret it otherwise, and constitutional scholars have been trying to tell them that the original intent of the Framers of the Constitution was exactly what is read, word for word, because when you get right down to it, we ARE a militia if this nation comes under attack.


    In 1941, when Japan attacked the U.S. Naval forces at Pearl Harbor, there was a major reason they attacked where they did and not on the west coast of this nation. They didn’t fear our military, they feared the ARMED U.S. citizen and the insurgency that they were certain they would face.

    We, The People are the very reason that no foreign power has even tried to invade this nation, always have been, always will be, by God, lets keep it that way.

    All I can tell you fine folks is this, if you have em, secure em, if you don’t have em, you’d be well advised to buy a few, become highly proficient in their use and invest in precious metals, brass, copper, lead, things of that nature.

    You never know when they might change their minds..
    Last edited by TexasFred; 06-26-2008 at 01:12 PM.
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