U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments in District of Columbia v. Heller
As our staff and I watched the oral arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, I was constantly aware how critically, and immediately, the Justices' decision will impact our gun rights not only today, but in the future...
...from future legal challenges to other gun bans to oppressive state anti-gun laws in California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, and many others.
Please help us get these unconstitutional laws overturned by making as generous a contribution as you can today to the Second Amendment Foundation Legal Defense Fund.
As the Court deliberates over the next few months, your support is critical. We need to be prepared for the outcome, whatever that might be. This is no time to play wait-and-see.
A lot of the media, and misinformed citizens, think the Second Amendment should not put limits on anti-gun rights politicians and bureaucrats to enact and enforce gun restrictions that infringe on your rights. This position got a lot of attention in Tuesday's arguments.
However, it was clear to me from both questions and answers at the Supreme Court hearing that there is broad support from the general public that our gun rights should have the same legal protection afforded the other provisions of the Bill of Rights. We need to stress this position to the American public before and after the decision is made in late June.
We are hopeful that the Justices' ruling will help us strike down other unconstitutional laws that infringe on the right of people to keep and bear arms so that we can protect ourselves and our families.
Even if the District of Columbia gun ban is struck down, and the Justices rule that the individual has a â€śrightâ€?to bear arms, their questioning clearly acknowledged that the ruling may not be good enough to challenge all unreasonable regulations on guns that need to be overturned.
One thing is certainâ€“we have the support of many concerned Americans and gun owners like you on our side. In a recent USA TODAY poll, a solid majority of Americans indicated they support the individual right to keep and bear arms similar to the one in question in the Supreme Court case.
While I listened to the oral arguments in the courtroom, it was hard not to feel proud that the points raised in our SAF amicus curiae brief written by Professor Nelson Lund of the George Mason School of Law were used by Justice Anthony Kennedy who is considered to be the swing vote.
We will not wait for the Justices' ruling in this case. We are, and will continue to be, on the offensive. Our voices â€?your voices â€?will make the difference!
Now is the time to contribute to the Second Amendment Foundation as we get ready during the next few months for all the vital next steps that will follow the Court's historic decision.
Please give generously today.
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Alan M. Gottlieb
Founder, Second Amendment Foundation
P.S. Click here to read the Second Amendment Foundation's amicus curiae brief that had a huge impact at the U.S. Supreme Court oral argument. But first, please make a generous tax-deductible contribution to the Second Amendment Foundation.