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Posted: 7/11/2001 2:35:34 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/11/2001 2:33:18 PM EST by Imbroglio]
They will proclaim the 2nd Amendment is an individual right, yet it still can be infringed when it is in the state's interest and all laws violating this individual right will still be enforced?????? ----------------------------- [url]dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010711/ts/crime_guns_dc_1.html[/url] Wednesday July 11 2:01 PM ET Justice Department Reverses Gun Rights Position WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Reversing a position it adopted nearly 30 years ago, the Justice Department (news - web sites) is preparing a formal legal opinion that individuals, not just groups, have a constitutional right to own guns, a view advocated by Attorney General John Ashcroft (news - web sites), department officials said on Wednesday. They said the department's office of legal counsel was drafting the opinion, which would be a shift from the position it took in 1973 under Republican President Richard Nixon that there was no personal constitutional right to own or use a gun. The letter, denounced by gun-control groups, represented a break from the government's prior position that the Second Amendment only conferred a collective right to own guns through militias, and not an individual right. The opinion will incorporate the views Ashcroft first expressed in a letter to the National Rifle Association in May. The officials said Ashcroft, an NRA member, expressed official Justice Department policy in the letter, not his personal views. In another move applauded by the NRA, Ashcroft last month announced plans to slash the amount of time the government can keep records of instant background checks for gun buyers. [b]One official said the Justice Department would continue to defend existing gun laws in court, even after the opinion had been completed. In his letter, Ashcroft said the Second Amendment did not prohibit Congress from enacting laws restricting firearms ownership for ``compelling state interests.''[/b]
Link Posted: 7/11/2001 2:36:18 PM EST
(continued) The issue of whether the Second Amendment applies to individuals is before a federal appeals court based in New Orleans, and the case could then be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court (news - web sites). The Second Amendment says, ``A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.'' Seth Waxman, solicitor general under Democratic President Bill Clinton, said in a letter nearly a year ago that successive Democratic and Republican administrations, the Supreme Court in 1939 and eight U.S. appeals courts had rejected arguments the Second Amendment extended firearms rights to individuals.
Link Posted: 7/11/2001 6:10:12 PM EST
Every one of the first ten ammendments apply to individuals, why is the 2nd meant for groups?
Link Posted: 7/11/2001 6:13:52 PM EST
Somebody give me some white out and a pen, I'll settle this once and for all! [smoke]
Link Posted: 7/11/2001 6:17:56 PM EST
Originally Posted By William J Clinton: Somebody give me some white out and a pen, I'll settle this once and for all! [smoke]
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You are very close to wearing out your welcome.
Link Posted: 7/11/2001 6:19:10 PM EST
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