The 2nd Amendment’s “right to keep and bear arms” is proving to be a right to keep a gun at home, but so far not a right to bear a loaded firearm in public.
The Supreme Court breathed new life into the amendment when it struck down strict handgun bans in Washington and Chicago and spoke of the “inherent right of self-defense.”
But to the dismay of gun rights advocates, judges in recent months have read those decisions narrowly and rejected claims from those who said they had a constitutional right to carry a loaded gun on their person or in their car. Instead, these judges from California to Maryland have said the “core right” to a gun is limited to the home.
... "The 2nd Amendment does not create a fundamental right to carry a concealed weapon in public," U.S. District Judge Morrison England ruled in May.
"That's the cutting-edge issue: whether the 2nd Amendment applies outside the home," said Chuck Michel, an NRA lawyer in Long Beach who has appealed the question to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
State judges in Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York have also ruled recently that there is no constitutional right to carry a loaded gun for self-defense. And in Virginia, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the federal conviction of a man who fell asleep in his car near Washington's Reagan National Airport with a loaded gun.
HERE'S AN EXCERPT FROM THE 2ND AMENDMENT:
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms
OUR FOUNDERS KNEW WHAT "KEEP AND BEAR" MEANT.
"BEAR" MEANS TO HAVE ON YOUR PERSON.
LITERALLY "TO CARRY".
(AND DON'T QUOTE ME THAT IN THE 19TH CENTURY THERE WERE PLENTY OF LAWS LIMITING THE RIGHT TO CARRY CONCEALED WEAPONS.
THERE WERE PLENTY OF BAD DECISIONS BY ALL THE COURTS BACK THEN - DRED SCOTT COMES TO MIND!).
LEFTISTS ARE MENDACIOUS IMMORAL SCUM.
YEAH, I SAID IT - SCUM.
THEY WANT TO ERADICATE THE SECOND AMENDMENT SO YOU CAN'T DEFEND YOURSELF FROM HARM.
THIS IS AS EVIL AS THE OTHER TOUCHSTONE OF THEIR IDEOLOGY - ABORTION RIGHTS.
THAT'S THE LEFTISTS IDEA THAT MOTHERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO MURDER THE BABIES-IN-THEIR-WOMB AT WILL.
LEFTISTS ARE MURDEROUS EVIL SCUM.
WHETHER IN CONGRESS OR ON THE COURTS OR IN THINK TANKS.
EVIL MURDEROUS SCUM.