1/30/2013 1:20:00 PM Second amendment does not provide an absolute guarantee
What is missing in the current gun control debate is an understanding that the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in 2008 found that the Second Amendment does not guarantee an absolute right to bear arms. The decision overturned a blanket ban of the possession of hand guns by private residents (District of Columbia v. Heller) in the District. The majority opinion stated: "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 in long-standing prohibitions on 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."