NRA-ILA: Justice Scalia Made Clear the Second Amendment and Heller Prohibit ‘Assault Weapon’ Bans

NRA-ILA: Justice Scalia Made Clear the Second Amendment and Heller Prohibit ‘Assault Weapon’ Bans

( Editor’s Note: The following is an article from the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action. It’s an important one because it carefully dispels the myth, perpetuated by anti-gunners, that former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia thought bans on so-called “assault weapons” comported with the 2A. NOT TRUE! While the high court never took up a case on the constitutionality of black rifle prohibitions during Scalia’s tenure, there is ample evidence to indicate that Scalia would’ve regarded them as an infringement on one’s right to keep and bear arms. Kudos to NRA-ILA for setting the record straight.) On July 9, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) offered the following ham-handed statement in an attempted attack on President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Brett Kavanaugh is a true Second Amendment radical. He believes assault weapon bans are unconstitutional, a position way out of the judicial mainstream, far to the right of even late Justice Scalia. Murphy’s comment gives the false impression that Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who authored of the majority opinion in the landmark 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller case that recognized the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, did not consider bans on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms (termed “assault weapons” by gun control advocates) to be unconstitutional. Unfortunately, Murphy is not the only individual to peddle this falsehood. Murphy’s fallacious claim was parroted by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) , who tweeted, “Even Justice Scalia knew […]

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