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Bill Quick

Scalia: Guns May be Regulated – John Aloysius Farrell – NationalJournal.com

Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the Supreme Court’s most vocal and conservative justices, said on Sunday that the Second Amendment leaves room for U.S. legislatures to regulate guns, including menacing hand-held weapons.

“It will have to be decided in future cases,” Scalia said on Fox News Sunday. But there were legal precedents from the days of the Founding Fathers that banned frightening weapons which a constitutional originalist like himself must recognize. There were also “locational limitations” on where weapons could be carried, the justice noted.

I’m far less impressed with Scalia than I am with Clarence Thomas.

He’s great at enunciating meaningless legal distinctions. As in, “The Second guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms, but you can’t exercise that right in any meaningful way.”

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Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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No, I’m Not Surprised — 3 Comments

  1. there were legal precedents from the days of the Founding Fathers that banned frightening weapons which a constitutional originalist like himself must recognize.

    So what? There were legal precedents at the time that allowed slavery. Not to mention dueling.

  2. Interesting

    When Wallace asked whether the Second Amendment permitted even weapons that could fire hundreds of rounds in a minute, Scalia paused.

    “We’ll see,” Scalia responded. “Obviously, the amendment does not apply to arms that cannot be hand-carried. It’s ‘to keep and bear,’ so it doesn’t apply to cannons. But I suppose there are hand-held rocket launchers that can bring down airplanes, that will have to be decided.

    Maybe I can legally buy a RPG or LAAW in the near future? Might be a nice surprise for our out of control SWAT.

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