Supreme denies Second Amendment is a right. We've been shafted - AGAINSubmitted by ronb28135 on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 10:55
The justices’ 5-4 decision was a landmark one, establishing clearly that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is not a lesser right among others in the Bill of Rights, such as freedom of speech. But gun control is not a dead issue.
While the city of Chicago’s ban on handguns was struck down, justices did not strike down all reasonable limits on gun use and ownership. Like in a 2008 decision overturning a Washington, D.C., handgun ban, the court allowed that governments have a right to protect public safety, especially when guns are used outside the home.
In fact, Chicago is rewriting its law right now, and could establish a database for all guns sold in the city or limit the number of handguns an individual can possess. State prohibitions on concealed weapons, like one in Illinois, are not a slam-dunk for overturning either. (Voters in Winnebago County spoke out loudly against allowing concealed carry in an advisory referendum in 2008.) And no one is challenging the role of the ATF in cracking down on the illegal sale and trade of firearms.