OUTDOORS: Gun-grabbing politicians going for your guns

Not long ago when I expressed concern over misguided gun legislation, a friend and retired police officer declared, “No one’s taken away our guns!” Intimating our right to bear arms may be increasingly regulated but will never be taken away. Unfortunately, his reassuring assertion may not hold up. Your constitutional right to keep and bear arms is under attack from gun grabbing politicians from many angles. Make no mistake, your individual right to possess a firearm is clearly on the ballot in 2020. Some attacks are direct. Most gun owners don’t know how close they came to losing their guns back in 2007. That was the year the US Supreme Court decided DC v Heller. We were one justice’s vote away from losing our individual right to own firearms. In that case, “Respondent Heller, a D. C. special policeman, applied to register a handgun he wished to keep at home, but the District refused.” The DC licensing requirement prohibited keeping an unlicensed firearm in the home, and astoundingly, even licensed guns had to be either dissembled, made non-functional, or locked. That completely undermined their potential use for self-defense, even if no minors lived in the home! The issue went to the US Supreme Court when a lower court held, “…the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess firearms and that the city’s total ban on handguns, as well as its requirement that firearms in the home be kept nonfunctional even when necessary for self-defense, violated that right.” Astonishingly, […]

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