OPINION: Court decisions should prompt General Assembly on Second Amendment

OPINION: Court decisions should prompt General Assembly on Second Amendment

Despite corporate media and many politicians clamoring for more gun control measures, an inherent right continues to expand in much of the nation today. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals made Second Amendment history in July by expanding the right of those under 21 to purchase handguns. While the ruling doesn’t take immediate effect, and the Supreme Court may ultimately decide the issue, the federal court has jurisdiction over North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Maryland, and West Virginia. In 1968 a federal law restricted licensed handgun sales to anybody under 21. When it comes to an inherent right enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, the court refused “to relegate either the Second Amendment or 18- to 20-year-olds to a second-class status.” Further good news is that since the 2008 Heller decision, many courts have shifted their rulings towards deeper respect of the plain meaning of the text in the Bill of Rights. “The phrase ‘the people’ meant the same thing in the Second Amendment as it did in the First, Fourth, Ninth, and Tenth Amendments — that is, each and every free person,” declares Stephen P. Halbrook, a senior fellow at the Independent Institute. State legislatures have been even more aggressive in protecting the right to bear arms. Twenty-one states now have constitutional carry, and Tennessee, Iowa, Montana, Texas, and Utah have all passed permitless carry laws in 2021. Louisiana may be next if they can secure the necessary votes to override Gov. Jon Bell Edwards’s recent veto. Even three […]

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