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Heller Affirmed

D.C vs. Heller is in. It’s 5-4 in favor of the 2nd Amendment being an actual right (as opposed to some sort of mythical “collective right” whatever the hell that might mean). Narrower than I was hoping and in more tepid language. Money quote from the opinion:

“The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.”

So we won, though narrowly. Within the next 21 days, the people of DC will be able to register a handgun and keep it in their home for protection. No provisions, of course, for carry or anything like that, but as Robb Allen says:

Now is not the time to relax. Enjoy your day, hit the range, buy some ammo or a new gun, but get ready for the upcoming battles. The(sic) will be small, but numerous.

This isn’t the end it’s the beginning. This opens the door for folks to strike down some of the more odious local anti-gun laws in the country, but it’s a victory which just allows us to fight more legal battles down the road.

Special thanks to Alan Gura who, in my totally-not-a-lawyer opinion, did a fantastic job arguing our side of it. I would congratulate my one very dear D.C. friend on getting some of her liberty back, but I have the sneaking suspicion that she doesn’t see it that way.

Aw, what the hell: Congrats, Heather! If you ever want to learn how to shoot, the offer I made you lo those many years ago to take you to the range is still open.

Posted in Guns, Politics.