News at Home tags: Second Amendment , guns , gun control , violence , Supreme Court James D. Zirin is a former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York. It appears that the Wild West will soon return to America. At least, that’s what the Supreme Court indicated at oral argument recently. The right to bear arms is enshrined in the Second Amendment to the Constitution. In District Columbia v. Heller, a 5-4 2008 decision , the Supreme Court held there was a constitutional right to have a gun for self-defense in the home. Rock-ribbed conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the Court, left a marker: “Nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings….” Beware the opening wedge. The rule may soon swallow the exception. The Supreme Court, newly minted with Trump-appointed conservative justices, is considering a case called New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen , involving the New York’s stringent “ Sullivan Law ,” on the books since 1911. The law, a model for similar laws in other states, was enacted on Jan. 23, 1911, after a “ blueblood murder-suicide ” in which Fitzhugh Coyle Goldsborough shot dead the novelist David Graham Phillips in a brazen early afternoon attack near Gramercy Park. After firing six shots, Goldsborough put the gun to […]
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