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Supreme Court Sidesteps Gun Rights Case


— December 1, 2003

The Supreme Court disappointed gun owner groups Monday, refusing to consider whether the Constitution guarantees people a personal right to own a gun.

The court has never said if the right to “keep and bear arms” applies to individuals. . . .

[T]he Second Amendment says, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the amendment’s intent was to protect gun rights of militias, not individuals. A more conservative appeals court in New Orleans has ruled that individuals have a constitutional right to guns.

Justices refused without comment to review the 9th Circuit decision.

The AP’s report is here. I’d written earlier about the case and Gary Gorski, the attorney pursuing it, here.


The Supreme Court disappointed gun owner groups Monday, refusing to consider whether the Constitution guarantees people a personal right to own a gun.

The court has never said if the right to “keep and bear arms” applies to individuals. . . .

[T]he Second Amendment says, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the amendment’s intent was to protect gun rights of militias, not individuals. A more conservative appeals court in New Orleans has ruled that individuals have a constitutional right to guns.

Justices refused without comment to review the 9th Circuit decision.

The AP’s report is here. I’d written earlier about the case and Gary Gorski, the attorney pursuing it, here.

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