A Constitutional law professor breaks down Second Amendment after gun owner’s group sues Minnesota State Fair

A Constitutional law professor breaks down Second Amendment after gun owner’s group sues Minnesota State Fair

Minn. (KTTC) — The Minnesota Gun Owner’s Caucus is suing the organizers of the Minnesota State Fair for enforcing its policy, banning firearms at the fair. The group is citing the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in its suit, which “guarantees the individual right to possess and carry” firearms. According to University of Minnesota Law professor David Schultz, there is more to it than that. “With the metal detectors going into place and them stating that they intend to turn away permit holders, that kind of forced our hand and we needed to file a lawsuit,” said Minnesota Gun Owner’s Caucus Vice President Rob Doar. The lawsuit names the defendants as the State Agricultural Society as well as the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department. “We are only including them in the lawsuit simply because they have been contracted by the fair to provide security within the fair so we have no expectation that the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office intends to infringe upon the rights of permit holders,” stated Doar. Professor David Schultz points to the 1981 Supreme Court case, District of Columbia v. Heller, for clarification on whether or not anyone’s rights are being infringed upon. “What the court said in that opinion is that the individual right to bear arms is historically grounded either in a right to have a gun in our house to protect ourselves or that right to have a gun for the purposes of hunting,” said Schultz. Schultz says the court in the Heller […]

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