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Heller v DC


A very big Supreme Court decision regarding Second Amendment Rights was released today. It’s certainly not everything that law abiding gun owners would want, but for the first time in over 100 years the Court has ruled that the Second Amendment is an individual, not a collective right. One of the more interesting points is that a blanket requirement of disassembling or locking firearms inside one’s home violates the Second Amendment. The Court also affirmed that the Second Amendment is not about hunting or target shooting but is specifically about self defense.

There will no doubt be further litigation to further clarify if this ruling extends to the states, what restrictions are “reasonable”, if carrying concealed is protected, and so on.

If you want to read more go to Scotusblog, Instapundit, The Volokh Conspiracy, and Arms and the Law.

If you like reading legal decisions, you’ll be pleased with Justice Scalia’s opinion and the research that went into writing it.

I’ll be putting up another “Gunnie Goodness” post tomorrow and then will be taking the weekend off from blogging.

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After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it? I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs. I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non EMS subject matter. Thanks for visiting.


  1. I haven’t had a chance to read all of it, and won’t for a while. One thing that was pointed out to me was the dissent written by Justice Stevens. I wrote very briefly about it at rogue medic rants. You might enjoy the perspective and the brevity of my comments for a change. 🙂

  2. Brevity is a journey, not a destination. I think most bloggers have to work at it, I know I do. I haven’t read the decision in depth, but will. Scalia apparently took a couple of shots at Stevens in the opinion. I’m thinking no SCOTUS BBQ this year.

  3. It all depends on which justices are being turned on a spit, over an open flame. :-)Brevity, a journey?But it is such a long one for me. 🙂

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