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To: Grut
Heller isn't a Second Amendment case, though. Ninth Amendment, maybe, but there's no way the Second can be read as providing a right to police permission to keep a handgun in your home (and there only) for self-defense.

Nice try, but no cigar. The prefatory clause in the Second Amendment that mentions the militia, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State," has been used by gun grabbers for a century or more to claim it is only a collective right. Heller says it is an individual right subject to reasonable regulations. Other cases will be coming including the bearing of arms. You don't pay for rights either. IMHO, all these fees will go the way of the poll tax.

22 posted on 09/13/2010 5:22:57 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem
Heller says it is an individual right subject to reasonable regulations.

Heller says it's an individual right subject to any restriction short of prohibition, except where it is subject to prohibition (e.g., in federal buildings). The Heller right is secondary to an unenumerated right of self-defense and has nothing to do with militias, organized or unorganized, and certainly nothing to do with a blanket individual RKBA. That's why the police can still deny an individual permission to have a gun on the basis that it's not needed.

I'm 100% behind the RKBA, but we need to see Heller for what it is, an attempt to replace the Second Amendment with a vague 'right' that's easily manipulated by the powers-that-be.

31 posted on 09/14/2010 9:33:28 AM PDT by Grut
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