Letter: Second Amendment right is not unlimited
The United States Supreme Court issued a nearly 18-thousand-word interpretation of the Second Amendment in the summer of 2008 in the case of The District of Columbia et al., v. Heller 128 S. Ct. 2783.
The following is one of its provisions: "Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose. For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the amendment or state analogues. The Court's opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms." Such prohibitions are seen by the Supreme Court as "presumptively legal."
The Supreme Court serves as the final arbiter of issues of Constitutionality. Those conclusions by the Court were written for the 5-4 majority by the conservative Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in 2008.
Don Huard, Ph.D.