Does the 2nd Amendment give Individuals the right to bear arms?

Originally posted on SodaHead, January 8, 2012 by KCurtis

Attorney General, Eric Holder does not believe the 2nd Amendment gives individuals the right to bear arms.  This upcoming year will become critical for gun owners with the Supreme Court's accepting the District of Columbia case against the right for individuals to bear arms.

In 2008 and 2010, the Supreme Court issued two Second Amendment decisions.

In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.

Additionally, the Court enumerated several longstanding prohibitions and restrictions on firearms possession that it found were consistent with the Second Amendment. In McDonald v. Chicago (2010), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment limits state and local governments to the same extent that it limits the federal government.

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