Skip to comments.Scalia stuns Identity Conservatives: says guns can be regulated
Posted on 07/29/2012 5:03:18 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
In a shocking statement made this morning on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said he believes the U.S. Constitution allows states to regulate firearms. In a response to a question about the Second Amendment from Wallace, Scalia said the following:
... there were legal precedents from the days of the Founding Fathers that banned some weapons. There were also "locational limitations" on where weapons could be carried. --They had some limitations on the nature of arms that could be borne.
This statement will be perceived as a bolt of lightning in conservative circles and it will be received as a breath of fresh air to those that seek common sense gun standards. If one of the most conservative people in the land, Antonin Scalia, believes the 2nd Amendment allows for gun limitations, it will be difficult for gun fundamentalists to continue to make their case that gun ownership is absolute and not subject to any control by government authorities.
This has been a high visibility issue in New Hampshire because this state has very liberal open carry provisions. During the recent term, several legislators routinely carried their firearms openly in the State House. Additionally, those open carry provisions have come under scrutiny because members of various liberty groups have been quite vocal about their open carry gun rights at any venue, much to the chagrin of gun control advocates who want some open carry and concealed carry restrictions. A group of collaborators were recently kicked out of an Occupy Wall Street assembly in New Hampshire in part because they were carrying guns openly.
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as can speech, thought, religion and everything else.
Remember the 2nd amendment is as strong as any other.
as can be politicians.
Between Obama, Romney, Roberts and now Scalia, I think we can kiss liberty goodbye.
I saw the interview this morning. Scalia was talking about crew served weapons, cannons, not individual weapons, although he said that shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, could probably be regulated. He did not include pistols and rifles.
“a breath of fresh air to those that seek common sense gun standards”
Common sense gun standards were defined long ago with the phrase “Guns don’t kill, people do.”
He also said that manpads might be subject to fed reg, and that heavy weapons, artillery are under fed purview. Anyone that looks at his statements and gets their knikers in a twist is a dullard.
There is gun control and then there is gun control.
Does anyone here disagree with laws that make it illegal for convicted felons to purchase guns?
That is a form of gun control.
What about felons on parole? Should they able to legally purchase guns?
The Supreme Court is now looking quite shaky.
It's amazing that FDR and Obama were both able to do this. No other presidents in history come to my mind in their astonishing ability to bend the Supreme Court to their will.
I do, and I know others do. If you can't be trusted with a firearm, you need to be in jail.
If you are out of jail, you have a right to protect yourself.
Just ask the Ruby Ridge, Waco, and MOVE folks about the government's tools of mass destruction?
In practice it (the 2nd) is not. For most of America, our RKBA is not a right, but a privilege doled out at the pleasure of the ruling class (gov't).
Over time, the courts have a greater history of approving 2A infringements than ruling constitutional protections for the 2A.
John Taney Roberts must have lowered the price it takes to buy a Supreme Court Justice.
The Kenyan is blackmailing the SOTUS.
Scalia says “Guns can be regulated away from prisoners on Death Row” and idiots instead hear “Guns can be banned from law-abiding citizens.”
Oy vey. This is one dumb society.
I hate to say it but I think you're right.
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