The Supreme Court’s key Second Amendment opinion and what might come next

The Supreme Court's key Second Amendment opinion and what might come next

Eyewitness describes scene at Indianapolis shooting 01:21 (CNN)America’s latest barrage of mass shootings, including the murder of eight people in Indianapolis Thursday night, has renewed attention on the constitutional contours of firearms regulation and the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller . In that 5-4 milestone authored by the late Justice Antonin Scalia , the high court for the first time ruled that the Second Amendment’s "right to bear arms" protects an individual right, rather than one related to organized state militia as had been the legal understanding for decades. Yet while Scalia established new precedent, drawing sharp dissents that he had misread history, the opinion came with caveats relevant to today’s gun control debate. 8 people killed in shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, police say "Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited," Scalia wrote as he laid out certain exceptions. History demonstrates, Scalia said, "the right was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose." Reflecting the fervor that the Second Amendment stirs, Scalia’s majority opinion striking down a Washington, DC, ban on handguns in the home ran 64 pages and dissenting opinions totaled 90 pages. Individual justices today divide over the breadth of the right declared in Heller and when government may restrict firearms. Some conservative justices have pushed for a more expansive reading of gun rights. Thirteen years ago, Scalia’s interpretation prevailed by a […]

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