The court is considering whether to hear an appeal from Highland Park pediatrician Arie S. Friedman, who claims that…
The Second Amendment to the Constitution has long been one of the most cherished amendments of the Bill of Rights.
The amendment reads: “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.”
Many liberals, though, questioned whether individual citizens owning firearms amounted to a “well regulated militia.”
The question was put to rest by the Supreme Court in the 2008 decision District of Columbia v. Heller. The court, in an opinion authored by Justice Antonin Scalia, ruled that there was in fact a personal right to gun ownership for “traditionally lawful purposes” such as self-defense in the home.
Now, there is another critical case dealing with gun rights which the Supreme Court is considering taking up.
The case concerns a semiautomatic gun ban in a Chicago suburb.
The court is considering whether to hear an appeal from Highland Park pediatrician Arie S. Friedman, who claims that the gun ban denies him the ability to use semiautomatic weapons to defend his family and home, which Friedman claims is a right protected by the Second Amendment.
Friedman has already lost his case in two courts, a US District Court and then 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals.
The National Rifle Association has filed a brief with the Supreme Court in support of the court taking up Friedman’s case.
The court’s decision on whether they hear the case or not could come as early as today.
Semiautomatic weapons are distinguished from automatic weapons in that semiautomatic weapons require the user to press the trigger each time one fires as opposed to automatic weapons which allow the user to fire many rounds while simply holding down the trigger.
The NRA states that semiautomatics now count for about 50 percent of all new firearms bought annually.
What do you think of the semiautomatic gun ban? Does it violate the Second Amendment or not?