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: Is There A Right To Own A Gun?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by WAGCEVP, Jul 12, 2003.

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  1. WAGCEVP

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    : IS THERE A RIGHT TO OWN A GUN?


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    IS THERE A RIGHT TO OWN A GUN? (Thanx to Don Kates)
    http://home.sprynet.com/~owl1/guncontrol.htm

    ABSTRACT: Individuals have a prima facie right to own firearms. This
    right is significant in view both of the role that such ownership plays
    in the lives of firearms enthusiasts and of the self-defense value of
    firearms. Nor is this right overridden by the social harms of private
    gun ownership. These harms have been greatly exaggerated and are
    probably considerably smaller than the benefits of private gun
    ownership. And I argue that the harms would have to be at least several
    times greater than the benefits in order to render gun prohibition
    permissible.

    MORE FROM DON KATES:

    One of my correspondents sent me an article by my friend & co-author (on
    another topic), Randy Barnett. My correspondent asked whether I thought
    Randy is "right." Of course he is right in his analysis of what the
    opinion says. But I am a very pessimistic old man, and so am very
    pessimistic about honest and consistent judicial following of the
    opinion in the future. And my predictive ability is almost unmatched
    even by Nostradamus. For instance, I predicted the 9/11 tragedy as long
    ago as 1951.

    Nonetheless, as usual, Randy is interesting, insightful and interesting
    to read. Of course, to be a Libertarian like Randy one has to be either
    incurably optimistic or a masochist.


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    Yes and I plan on taking full advantage of it.
     
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