Does the Supreme Court have anything to say regarding assault rifles and the 2nd?


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Amish
May 10, 2004, 07:35 PM
They must have an opinion. If rappers can say anything they want under the freedom of speech, then I should be allow to buy any firearm I want.

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7.62FullMetalJacket
May 10, 2004, 07:39 PM
Look at Miller back in 1934. They clearly stated that any military weapon is legal. While I do not agree with the arbitrary BS about barrel lengths, they did state that if a weapon has military use, then we can have it.

longrifleman
May 10, 2004, 07:50 PM
7.62 FMJ's reading of Miller is correct IF the words on paper actually mean what the dictionary says they mean. The Supremes apparently don't use the same dictionary as the rest of us mere mortals.

Their refusal to hear any cases that would clarify the 2nd and thereby let stand lower court rulings says it all.:banghead: :cuss:

HBK
May 10, 2004, 07:52 PM
There's a book called "Supreme Court Gun Cases." It has evey instance the court ruled on the 2nd ammendment. THe court has not been silent on this issue. A link is www.gunlaws.com

Hkmp5sd
May 11, 2004, 02:11 AM
The "modern" Supreme Court avoids making any direct ruling on the 2nd Amendment like the plague. About all they do is make oblique references to the individual right to own firearms in decisions in similar cases and let it go at that. Given how the current court made free speech illegal in their Campaign Finance Reform Act decision, I'm not sure I'd want to let them make a straight up yea/nay decision on the 2nd Amendment.

RealGun
May 11, 2004, 10:20 AM
Does the Supreme Court have anything to say regarding assault rifles and the 2nd?

Not that I'm aware of, but they can stonewall the issue as long as there is a sunset clause of manageable duration. If the AWB became permanent, there would surely be a scrap eventually.

The Supreme Court apparently believes it is on the high road but they surely have a gentleman's agreement in the Federal Court system to filter out such cases so that they don't have to address them. On at least one occasion, a case was referred back to the State Court. The Supreme Court will use every technicality they can find or fabricate to reject a case, yet when they want to hear an issue, it's suddenly on the fast track, never mind technicalities. Thus they are fairly characterized as political and inappropriately so.

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