On Saturday, a judge struck down the last ban against carrying a gun in public, and this after a five-year bitter battle in D.C. courts (Palmer vs District of Columbia). In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that a person could keep a weapon in their home for self-defense, and a year later extended that right nationwide. However, the battle began over whether the right exists outside one’s home. The judge on Saturday rules that it does and struck down the 2008 D.C. gun ban. This ruling applies not only to D.C. residents but also to residents of the city and includes open and concealed uses of the weapons.
The next gun rights case Chovan vs U.S. may be later this Fall, which involves Second Amendment rights to have a gun at home, restoring those rights to an individual who lost those rights after conviction of a misdemeanor.
So you be the judge. If you’re a gun rights activist, you probably are thrilled at this ruling. If you are a person trying to get gun control, you might not be so thrilled. But think about it. Eighty percent of Americans use guns for the right means. Disregard the crazies who shoot at people in masses. They really are a slim percentage compared to those who use guns for protection only. Let’s not get all riled up. Let’s remember to preserve the freedoms in our Constitution, because God only knows that we could lose them in a heartbeat. The right to bear arms is a freedom we have had since this country began. Let us fight to keep those freedoms for us and our children and our children’s children!
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