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  •   Ezell v. Chicago (2+ / 0-)
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    Hey338Too, LaFeminista

    Ezell v. Chicago was a case decided after Heller. Chicago passed a law mandating one hour of range training as a prerequisite to get a license for a hand gun. It then went on to make it illegal to have a gun range in the city limits.

    It is seen as a victory for gun rights, but I see an opening for states. The court ruled that you can't mandate training but then outlaw the train in the jurisdiction. It did not overthrow the requirement to have training before you can own a gun. I think states CAN pass laws that require prerequisite before a licenses to own a gun is issued. What if you required 20 hours of gun training before you can get a licenses? Or one week a year, sort of like the National guard?

    Another thing I recently found. The 'keep' part of the constitution is not the right to have a gun in your home. To 'keep' arms means to maintain them, like in good house keeping.

    To Keep and Bear ArmsGarry WillsThe New York Review of Books, September 21, 1995

    To keep-and-bear arms was the distinguishing note of the militia’s permanent readiness, as opposed to the army’s duty of taking up and laying down ("deponing" is Trenchard’s word) their arms in specific wars. The militia was maintained on a continuing basis, its arsenal kept up, its readiness expressed in the complex process specified by "keep-and-bear." To separate one term from this context and treat it as specifying a different right (of home possession) is to impart into the language something foreign to each term in itself, to the conjunction of terms, and to the entire context of Madison’s sentence.

    It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America. - Molly Ivins

    by se portland on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 12:19:22 PM PST

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